In an alarming new development, the particularly transmissible delta variant ofhas infected some fully vaccinated adults in Israel, officials there have reported. Of more than 100 daily , half were children younger than 16., The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. According to Dr. Ran Balicer, head of a COVID-19 advisory advisor panel on COVID-19 for the Israeli government, most of them hadn’t yet been vaccinated.
Buthad been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine, Balicer said. The Journal reported that about 90% of the new .
Spurred by the new information, the Israeli government has reimposed an indoorprogram to include children ages 12 to 15.
Theon Friday also warned everyone, even those fully vaccinated, to and maintain social distancing in light of the large numbers of people who remain unvaccinated and the emergence of the delta variant, which is called the “ ” form of the coronavirus identified to date.
“People cannot feeljust because they had the two doses. They still themselves,” Dr. Mariangela Simao, WHO assistant director-general for access to medicines, said at a news briefing in Geneva. “Vaccine alone won’t consistently, be in ventilated spaces, [use] hand hygiene … [practice] physical distance, avoid crowding.”
Israel also announced thisthat it would delay by a month — to Aug. 1 — its plan to allow individual again, Agence France-Presse reported. The precautions are necessary because the Balicer.
Israeli Prime Ministersaid earlier this week that the “goal is primarily to protect Israelis from the delta variant rampaging worldwide. We’ve decided to not to pay a higher price down the road.”
Israel’s aggressive. At the peak of the nation’s outbreak in January, Israel was recording about 10,000 daily points. But new topics jumped to 200 on Thursday, up from 10 patients daily for much of the month.
Until now, mostpeople. are currently among unvaccinated people.
Chief, Dr. , warned that the delta variant will soon be the dominant form of the coronavirus in the U.S. Still, he emphasized that the danger is to those not yet vaccinated.
“It’s the unvaccinated people that we’re concerned about,” Fauci said in an interview Wednesday on. “They’ve got to start to it now because if they’re unvaccinated, they’re at risk.”
First found in India, thethat killed hundreds of thousands of people. It currently makes up about 20% of newly diagnosed in the U.S. The delta strain is more transmissible and linked to more diseases than the current alpha strain that is dominant in America.
Suppose theis allowed to spread through unvaccinated people. Experts warn that there’s a heightened risk of severe illness and a chance it yet another deadly new variant that could be less affected or even unaffected by current vaccines. “The is currently the greatest threat in the U.S. to our attempt to eliminate COVID-19,” Fauci said. The variant has now been detected in more than 85 countries.