The variant, which first emerged in India in December, now accounts for around 83 percent of cases nationwide, according to the CDC. In making the recommendation, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said data indicates that vaccinated people can spread the Delta variant to unvaccinated people more easily than other strains of COVID-19. However, critics have questioned that assertion, and former Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary Brett Giroir suggested Thursday that the CDC’s data is “weak.”
TEXAS ORDER ON COVID-CARRYING MIGRANTS WILL BE MET BY LEGAL ACTION, AG GARLAND SAYS Abbott defended the move in a statement, arguing, “Today’s executive order will provide clarity and uniformity in the Lone Star State’s continued fight against COVID-19.”
The Republican governor went on to reiterate his argument that “the path forward relies on personal responsibility rather than government mandates.” “To further ensure that no governmental entity can mandate masks, the following requirement shall continue to apply: No governmental entity, including a county, city, school district, and public health authority, and no governmental official may require any person to wear a face-covering or to mandate that other person wear a covering,” the executive order read.
The chances of becoming seriously ill or dying from a “breakthrough infection” of the Delta strain is also extremely low if a person is fully vaccinated. Out of 161 million US residents who were fully vaccinated as of July 19, just 5,601 caught a severe breakthrough infection and were hospitalized — an infinitesimal 0.0035 percent of the protected population, according to the latest CDC figures available on post-vaccination infections. GOV. ABBOT DENIES REQUEST FROM MAYOR AND JUDGE TO ENFORCE MASKS IN SCHOOLS, GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS
Gov. Greg Abbott talks about the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine at a UPS Distribution Center in Austin, Texas, on Thursday Dec. 17, 2020. (Jay Janner-USA TODAY NETWORK)
“Dr. Walensky said in rare circumstances, a vaccinated person may transmit. Well, if it’s 1 percent, 0.1 percent, 0.01 percent, there’s no reason for the mask recommendations, but we don’t know because they won’t tell us,” he told Fox News in an interview.
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