Story at a glance:
- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is warning of a potential surge of deaths and hospitalizations.
- Republican Utah Gov. Spencer Cox also decried the spread of vaccine misinformation..
- McConnell is calling for people to look up verified information about the virus.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is warning of a potential surge of deaths and hospitalizations similar to those experienced in 2020 if vaccination rates continue to lag in the U.S.
“These shots need to get in everybody’s arms as rapidly as possible or we´re going to be back in a situation in the fall that we don’t yearn for — that we went through last year,” McConnell said at a news conference Tuesday, The New York Post reported. “This is not complicated.”
As Changing America previously reported, the delta coronavirus variant now accounts for approximately 83 percent of new cases in the U.S., according to health officials.
Several states are witnessing a renewed surge in fresh infections, and many say it’s being driven by the more contagious strain. Missouri, for instance, is leading the nation in delta variant infections.
McConnell’s speech comes as other lawmakers are encouraging vaccination increases and scrutinizing the spread of vaccine misinformation.
Republican Utah Gov. Spencer Cox recently said, “We have these — these talking heads who have gotten the vaccine and are telling other people not to get the vaccine,” The Washington Post reported.
“That kind of stuff is just, it’s ridiculous,” he added. “It’s dangerous, it’s damaging, and it’s killing people. I mean, it’s literally killing their supporters. And that makes no sense to me.”
McConnell is calling for people to look up verified information about the virus, mirroring President Biden’s efforts to combat the spread of anti-vaccination rhetoric and misinformation.
As Changing America previously reported, the Biden administration is increasing its scrutiny of social networks and narrowing in “superspreader” disinformation accounts.
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