July 20, 2021
America’s leading public health officials testified before a U.S. Senate committee hearing today, urging eligible Americans to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and discussing the next steps to fight the virus.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the country’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout is at a critical point, with the emergence of the delta variant threatening to reverse the positive trends in case counts, hospitalizations, and deaths. Last week, COVID-19 deaths increased 48 percent, averaging nearly 240 per day, she said.
“Each death is tragic, and even more heart-breaking when we know that the majority of these deaths could be prevented with a simple, safe, available vaccine,” Dr. Walensky said.
Here are five takeaways from the committee hearing:
The public health officials highlighted the outstanding efficacy of the available COVID-19 vaccines against the virus and its circulating variants, citing emerging real-world data.
“We have the tools to end this epidemic,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White’s House’s chief medical advisor. “It is up to us to utilize those tools to their maximum.”
HAP continues to monitor the latest COVID-19 public health developments and provide updates to members. HAP joins organizations across the nation urging every eligible individual to make an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccines are safe, effective, free, and widely available in your community. Don’t hesitate to contact your health care provider with questions about the available vaccines.
A replay of the hearing is available online.
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