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The US becomes the epicenter of the pandemic and the Government and companies promote mandatory vaccination

2021-07-29T17:38:51.172Z

Biden will force federal employees to immunize or undergo rigorous tests after cases grow 131% in a week with half a million infections, above any other country in the world.



The spread of the supercontagious delta variant of the coronavirus and the relatively low vaccination rate despite the fact that, unlike in many other countries, all adults have had access to immunization for months, has made the United States the place of the world where the pandemic is worsening the fastest.

Between July 19 and 25, 500,332 cases of COVID-19 were recorded, representing an increase of 131% over the previous week, more than anywhere else in the world, according to data from the World Health Organization. (WHO).

It is followed by Brazil with 324,334 infections (13% more) and Indonesia with 289,029 (17% more).

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Almost 164 million people are fully vaccinated in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), representing 49.3% of the population.

In addition, another 26 million have received at least one dose, bringing the percentage to 57.1%.

However, a single dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines (which require two, as opposed to Johnson & Johnson's) is not enough to effectively protect against the delta variant, according to the CDC, which urges taking the two.

Complete vaccination does work against this strain and any other, although a very small number of infections can always occur despite this.

Vaccinated people can also harbor a much greater amount of virus than has been known so far, the CDC indicated this week, which has led to an update of the mask use mandate, recommending it again even for people vaccinated indoors in the regions with the highest incidence of infections.

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CDC Director Rochelle Walensky has described the worrying spike in infections in recent weeks as "the pandemic of the unvaccinated," and federal and state authorities have been quick to take steps to increase the rate of immunization. .

Thus, for example, the states of New York and California have forced their state workers to be vaccinated or undergo rigorous weekly tests.

And the president, Joe Biden, will announce this same imposition this Thursday for federal employees and contractors: either vaccine, or periodic coronavirus tests.

It will affect almost three million employees. 

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The private sector has also adhered to mandatory vaccination.

Thus, companies such as Netflix, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Lyft, The Washington Post or the Saks Fifth Avenue chain have demanded that their employees be immunized.   

Source: telemundo

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