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  • “Anyone who’s not vaccinated and who did not have COVID previously, the delta variant is so contagious that you’re going to get it,” Giroir said.
  • "No matter what is being said or the misinformation or the confusing information is, the current vaccines that are approved are authorized in the United States, are extremely effective at preventing severe disease, hospitalizations, and death, even among the delta variant,” he continued.
  • CDC data shows that slightly more than 57 percent of the total U.S. population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Unvaccinated Americans will eventually be infected by the highly transmissible delta coronavirus variant, former Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary Brett Giroir said Thursday.

"Anyone who’s not vaccinated and who did not have COVID previously, the delta variant is so contagious that you’re going to get it. It is just a matter of time," Giroir told Fox News on Thursday, adding that he sees mounting evidence that prior and natural immunities might not protect individuals from the variant first discovered in India. 

"Remember, you can get the flu every year. It’s not because your immunity isn’t good. It’s because the flu changes and delta is really a new strain that is different from everything we’ve seen," Giroir continued. "So, I am really concerned that natural immunity, although real, is not going to be sufficient against delta."


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Giroir’s comments follow new guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending universal mask use in public spaces in areas experiencing spikes in new daily cases — which are caused primarily by the delta variant. 

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said on Tuesday the guidance is meant to protect vulnerable populations, adding that the CDC “thought it was important for people to understand that they could pass the disease onto someone else.” 

"This new science is worrisome and unfortunately warrants an update to our recommendations," Walensky said.

Giroir argued, however, that the CDC made its recommendation without providing transparent data that could lead to “intelligent discussion.” 

"They made recommendations but didn't give the data. And let me be specific, they claimed, and I'm sure there's reason to believe this, that even vaccinated people can spread the virus because of the high levels in their nose and mouth. What percent is that? Yesterday, they said it's a rare occasion. If it's rare, one percent, point one percent, then you don't need to mask."


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Yet despite the confusion, Giroir advocated for vaccination as “the way to save your life and keep you out of the hospital.”

"No matter what is being said or the misinformation or the confusing information is, the current vaccines that are approved are authorized in the United States, are extremely effective at preventing severe disease, hospitalizations, and death, even among the delta variant," Giroir said.

CDC data shows that slightly more than 57 percent of the total U.S. population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 49.4 percent are fully vaccinated.


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Published on Jul 30, 2021