Washington, Jul 23 (EFE) .- The White House on Friday encouraged state and local political leaders to join the petition and the efforts of the federal government so that citizens are vaccinated, but asked to do so positively and without “apportioning blame “about new infections.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki advocated this constructive effort at this time in which many Republican leaders have veered in their policy on vaccines and are now asking citizens, faced with the danger of the delta variant, to be inoculated against the coronavirus.
Among those voices resounded Thursday that of the governor of ALabama, Republican Kay Ivey, who considered that it is “time to start blaming the unvaccinated” for the increase in infections.
“It is the unvaccinated people who are letting us down,” complained the governor in her statements to local media, adding that those who resist immunization are “choosing a horrible lifestyle and self-inflicted pain.”
“I do not think our role is to blame,” clarified Psaki in his daily press conference, in which he was inclined to provide “accurate information to people who are not yet vaccinated” so that they understand the risks they incur, “no only for them but also for those around them. “
Daily infections in that state have increased 70% in the last seven days, according to The Washington Post.
Alabama has more than 565,000 coronavirus cases and about 11,400 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
In contrast, according to Post data, less than 34% of the population in that state has completed their vaccination and 500,000 have already received a first dose.
On Thursday, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, in English), Rochelle Walensky, admitted that the country is once again experiencing a “critical moment” due to the virulence with which the delta variant is spreading. .
Walensky spoke out when vaccination has stalled for weeks. According to the CDC, 48.8% of the total US population is fully vaccinated and 56.4% have received a first dose.
These percentages rise, however, to 59.7% and 68.6%, respectively, if people over 18 years of age are taken into account. EFE
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