The CDC now calls the Delta variant a 'variant of concern.' The variant of concern designation is given to strains of the virus that scientists believe are more transmissible or can cause more severe disease.
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The variant of concern designation is given to strains of the virus that scientists believe are more transmissible or can cause more severe disease. Vaccines, treatments and tests that detect the virus may also be less effective against a variant of concern. Previously, the CDC had considered the Delta variant to be a variant of interest. The CDC said the Delta variant, which was first identified in India, shows increased transmissibility, potential reduction in neutralization by some monoclonal antibody treatments under emergency authorization and potential reduction in neutralization from sera after vaccination in lab tests.The World Health Organization classified the Delta variant as a variant of concern on May 10.A study on the Delta variant in Scotland published on Monday found that it was associated with about double the risk of hospitalization compared with the Alpha variant, B.1.1.7, that was first identified in the UK.Read MoreAt a White House Covid-19 briefing last week, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci encouraged everyone to get vaccinated against Covid-19, noting that the Delta variant is now in circulation in the United States at a rate similar to the tipping point seen in the UK. There, the variant is now dominant."We cannot let that happen in the United States," Fauci said, adding it's"such a powerful argument" to get vaccinated."Particularly, if you had your first dose, make sure you get that second dose. And for those who have been not vaccinated yet, please get vaccinated."Dr. Peter Hotez, director of the Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, said on CNN's New Day Tuesday that he is"extremely worried" about the Delta variant, although two doses of Pfizer or Moderna's Covid-19 vaccines look like they function"really well" to protect against it.Get CNN Health's weekly newsletter Sign up here to get The Results Are In with Dr. Sanjay Gupta every Tuesday from the CNN Health team.
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U.S. has administered over 309 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines, CDC saysThe figures were up from the more than 308 million doses the CDC said had been administered as of Saturday, out of over 374 million that had been doses delivered. Ok
Trust in CDC, FDA Took a Beating During PandemicTrust in the CDC and FDA has decreased dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic among health care professionals, according to a new WebMD/Medscape poll.
CDC suspends import of dogs from countries with high rabies riskThe CDC will suspend the import of dogs from more than 100 countries where rabies still spreads among dogs. The dogs did nothing wrong. Yea, please. good luck
CDC Reviewing Heart Issues in Adolescents After VaccineThe CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is scheduled to meet this week to discuss reports about heart inflammation in adolescents who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. This is one of reasons vaccines for children under 12 need to go thru full vetting for approval, not just emergency approval. This is aside from fact chance of severe illness from covid is rare for them. Headlines like this don't help. Incomplete data can be misleading and only create more hesitation. Present the numbers as percentage in cases vs total doses administered for the age group. That would be a more accurate risk assessment. Gzus91992355
CDC temporarily bans dogs from some countries from entering U.S. because of rabies risk'Even one rabid dog' from another country could be deadly to other animals and humans, the CDC says. This better be temporary Millions of dogs will die if not be deliberately tortured because of this ban. Better vetting of the rescues is needed not a blanket ban. The AKC should have 0 say in this decision.
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