The U.S. reported more than 100,000 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, hitting a six-month high as coronavirus variants spread to areas of the country with high percentages of unvaccinated residents, Reuters reported.
The U.S. is reporting a seven-day average of 94,819, a fivefold increase in less than a month, the news service noted, citing its research.
On Wednesday, chief White House medical adviser Anthony FauciAnthony FauciWatch live: White House COVID-19 response team holds briefing Intercept reporters discuss gain-of-function research The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - DC prepares for Saturday of festivals & Jan. 6 demonstration MORE predicted that number could double to 200,000 cases per day.
“What we’re seeing, because of this increase in transmissibility, and because we have about 93 million people in this country who are eligible to get vaccinated who don’t get vaccinated — that you have a significant pool of vulnerable people,” Fauci said.
The delta variant, which was first detected in India, accounts for at least 93 percent of cases in the U.S. as the virus continues to spread across the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, in those areas with low vaccination rates, the percentage is even higher.
Vaccine misinformation also continues to plague the country, causing many to be apprehensive about getting the shots. Some Americans even have the false belief that the vaccine poses a greater risk than COVID-19.
Currently, nearly 50 percent of Americans are fully vaccinated, according to Our World in Data. However, certain areas, especially in the Midwest, have high unvaccinated populations, making controlling the spread nearly impossible.
President BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrat threatens to vote against party's spending bill if HBCUs don't get more federal aid Overnight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Haitians stuck in Texas extend Biden's immigration woes MORE has pleaded with Americans to get vaccinated, even calling on states to offer cash incentives to get citizens vaccinated.
“I know that paying people to get vaccinated might sound unfair to folks that have gotten vaccinated already but here’s the deal: if incentives help us beat this virus, I believe we should use them,” Biden said last week. “We all benefit if we can get more people vaccinated.”