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  • Teams will be made up of officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies.
  • They will work with local governments to expand testing and contact tracing, and provide therapeutics to treat those who become infected.
  • The administration will also focus on getting more shots in arms in communities with lagging vaccination rates, including using targeted paid media in those areas.

The Biden administration is preparing to deploy COVID-19 response teams to areas of the country with a high spread of the delta variant and low vaccination rates, the White House announced Thursday. 

“Today, given what we are seeing with the spread of delta in some communities in the country, we’re intensifying our efforts to help states prevent, detect and respond to hot spots among the unvaccinated,” White House COVID-19 czar Jeff Zients said during a briefing

“Mobilizing COVID-19 surge response teams to be at the ready to deploy federal resources, and where needed, federal personnel,” he said. 


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Teams will be made up of officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies. 

The dedicated teams will work with local governments to expand testing and contact tracing, and provide therapeutics to treat people who become infected. 

The administration will also focus on getting more shots in arms in communities with lagging vaccination rates, including using targeted paid media in those areas. 

“To be clear, the federal government stands ready to meet the moment and work with our state partners to respond to the delta variant,” Zients said. 

The announcement comes as health experts are concerned parts of the country with low vaccination rates could experience significant outbreaks due to the highly contagious delta variant. 


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The variant is the second-most prevalent variant in the U.S. and is expected to eclipse the dominant alpha strain. Delta makes up about 25 percent of cases.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky urged Americans to be immunized to protect themselves from the virus, noting 1,000 counties in the U.S. have vaccination coverage of less than 30 percent. Those counties are primarily in the Southeast and Midwest. 

Walensky said she expects to see increased transmission in those communities unless more people are vaccinated. 

The U.S. is currently averaging more than 12,000 new cases per day, a 10 percent increase from the previous week. 


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Published on Jul 01, 2021