The White House is targeting the “vaccine hesitant” with a new door-to-door campaign to urge Americans to get the COVID-19 shots.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday at the daily briefing that the “targeted” outreach aims “to get remaining Americans vaccinated by ensuring they have the information they need about both how safe and accessible the vaccine is.”
Psaki said the outreach also will provide information about the danger of the Delta variant.
Separately, President Joe Biden said Tuesday that millions remain unvaccinated against COVID, putting their “communities are at risk, their friends are at risk, the people they care about are at risk.”
“This is an even bigger concern because of the Delta variant,” the president said.
Last week, Los Angeles County health officials urged people, even those who are vaccinated, to wear a mask indoors due to the Delta variant.
But two prominent epidemiologists contend officials are overreacting.
Dr. Peter McCullough said the restrictions in Los Angeles and lockdowns in Australia, Thailand and South Africa are “completely unnecessary.”
“The Delta variant is the mildest one we’ve seen so far, and even though it’ll proportionately take up a greater number of cases – and we expect this in the United States – it has a very low mortality, appears to be the most treatable strain that we’ve seen so far,” he said June 28 in an interview with Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”
“We’re going to keep patients out of the hospital at a very low risk of mortality,” said McCullough, a practicing internist, cardiologist, epidemiologist and professor of medicine at the Baylor University School of Medicine in Dallas.
Some 70% of Australia’s population is under lockdown restrictions amid less than 200 active Delta variant cases. Thailand and South Africa also are imposing shutdowns, and Japan and Germany are implementing severe travel restrictions. The Delta variant now accounts for at least 20% of all new COVID-19 cases in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In “The Ingraham Angle” interview, Dr. Harvey Risch of the Yale School of Public Health said there’s no way to stop the spread of the Delta variant, and its spread actually will be helpful, because it is mild and will enhance herd immunity.
He said governments, media and corporations are “dramatically” overreacting.
“This is a very mild variant, and the cases are going to go up … whereas at the same time the mortality is flat, near zero,” Risch said.
“So basically what the reaction to is a flu or a bad cold for most people who get it.”
President Biden said June 24 that COVID deaths in the U.S. will continue to rise due to the “dangerous” Delta variant, calling it a “serious concern.”
“Six hundred thousand-plus Americans have died, and with this Delta variant you know there’s going to be others as well. You know it’s going to happen. We’ve got to get young people vaccinated,” Biden said at a community center in Raleigh, North Carolina.
See the interview with Drs. Peter McCullough and Harvey Risch:
The Delta variant, which originated in India, is blamed for rampant infections in that country and outbreaks in the United Kingdom and around the world.
However, as Delta variant cases spiked in the U.K., hospitalizations and deaths continued to remain low.
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