CNN's Berman asks: 'If unvaccinated' not to blame for delta surge, 'who is?'

CNN's Berman asks: 'If unvaccinated' not to blame for delta surge, 'who is?'
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CNN host John Berman on Thursday placed blame for the rising number of coronavirus cases in America on the unvaccinated. 

"If the unvaccinated are not to blame, who is?" Berman asked on "New Day."

"This is now a pandemic of the unvaccinated. It is now a pandemic of choice — the choice not to get vaccinated. And it's a choice that's having a profound impact, a bad one on the rest of us. The facts bear it out." 

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Less than half of all Americans are fully vaccinated, federal health officials have said, with the delta variant of the virus now accounting for the majority of new cases in the United States, almost entirely among the unvaccinated. 

Politicians, public health experts and President BidenJoe BidenHaiti prime minister warns inequality will cause migration to continue Pelosi: House must pass 3 major pieces of spending legislation this week Erdoğan says Turkey plans to buy another Russian defense system MORE have all pointed to misinformation being spread online about the pandemic and vaccines as the main reason for stalled vaccination rates nationwide.  

Earlier this week, the CDC announced new guidance recommending that all Americans, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks while in crowded indoor environments in certain areas of the country where the delta variant has caused a major increase in cases.

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The new guidance has been met with some skepticism from outside public health experts, with those critics pointing to the fact that many Americans don't know if they are in an area classified as high risk for transmission of the contagious delta variant.

On Wednesday, Berman hosted the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on "New Day" and pressed her on why the agency felt the need to update its guidance on mask-wearing after announcing in May that the fully vaccinated could go maskless in public. 

“You can understand the frustration in those of us who are vaccinated saying, ‘Why the hell do I have to pay the price for this?' ” Berman asked Director Rochelle Walensky

"For every 20 people, one or two of them could get a breakthrough, they may only get mild disease, but we wanted them to know they could bring that mild disease home, they could bring it to others," Walensky responded. 

Biden is facing increasing pressure to compel more Americans to get vaccinated.

On Thursday, he is expected to announce all civilian federal workers will be required to prove they have been vaccinated. Other states and cities around the country have announced plans to put similar requirements in place for government workers, teachers and health care professionals.