CDC and elected officials have warned that hospitals throughout the country are approaching critical levels of Covid-19 patients, particularly in regions with poor vaccination rates, as a result of the continuing spread of the more contagious Delta form.
Overall hospitalizations in Alabama are continuing to rise as a result of the “pandemic of unvaccinated individuals,” according to Dr. Scott Harris, the state’s chief medical officer. He added that a negative capacity of intensive care unit beds is now present in Alabama hospitals, with more Covid-19 cases among children being reported there than at any previous point in the pandemic’s history.
Louisiana Is Seeing An “Astronomical” Increase Of New Covid-19 Cases
As a result of the recent outbreak of Covid-19, Louisiana has witnessed an “astronomical” increase in the number of cases, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards, as infections are rising, especially among younger people. In addition, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said that more individuals were admitted to hospitals on Wednesday than on any other single day in the state’s history.
According to her, she said that almost everyone in the ICU for Covid-19 is unvaccinated and that six of the state’s biggest hospitals are at capacity for ICU beds. Mayor Buddy Dyer of the city of Orlando, Florida, issued a call to residents on Friday to conserve water as liquid oxygen, which is typically used to treat the community water supply, was being diverted to hospitals across the state to treat critically ill Covid-19 patients, according to the mayor.
Nationally, more than 17,000 individuals are admitted to hospitals with Covid-19, according to statistics from the United States Department of Health and Human Services. According to statistics released by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Saturday was the third consecutive day in which more than 1 million Covid-19 vaccine doses were recorded given in a single day. The last time anything like this occurred was during the first week in July.
According to the statistics, an average of 466,074 individuals began vaccinations each day during the course of the previous week. Approximately 170 million individuals, or 51.3 percent of the entire population of the United States, are now completely vaccinated. A Covid-19 vaccine has been administered to approximately 201 million individuals, accounting for 60.5 percent of the world’s population at the time of writing.
While case numbers continue to rise, experts and officials are hopeful that a forthcoming decision by the US FDA granting full approval for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will encourage more Americans about the vaccine’s efficacy, allowing those who are eligible vaccine-hesitant to get on board with vaccinations.
The decision, according to a source familiar with the plan, will be made early next week, and a Biden administration official stated that approval of the two-dose vaccine “could happen as soon as Monday.” Every vaccination that is presently available in the United States has been approved for use in an emergency situation.
The vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech would be the first to gain complete approval. According to individuals familiar with the FDA’s plans, according to the New York Times, the FDA is aiming to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on Monday, according to the newspaper.
Those who are “on the fence about whether or not to be vaccinated,” according to Dr. Tom Frieden, the former director of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, may benefit from complete permission, according to CNN’s Jim Acosta, who spoke Saturday. In order to prevent the transmission of illness on larger scales, many college campuses and school systems are requiring students to be vaccinated before attending courses or sports activities.
According to Gov. Steve Sisolak’s administration, all students at state institutions, universities, and community colleges across the state of Nevada will be required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 this fall in order to enroll in in-person spring courses.