MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Sun, 24 Oct 2021 17:41:35 +0000 Pace of vaccination rises in areas hit by variant http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/dd9aed2180cc44f6b6ba5d4e2749b6a4 The White House says COVID-19 vaccinations are rising in states that have been hit hard by the rapidly spreading delta variant. (July 22) dd9aed2180cc44f6b6ba5d4e2749b6a4 Thu, 22 Jul 2021 18:46:03 +0000 SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:WHITEHOUSE.GOVInternet - 22 July 20211. Wide of White House COVID-19 Response TeamANNOTATION: Pace of vaccination rises in areas hit by variant2. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeff Zients, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator:"The case increases are concentrated in communities with low vaccination rates. In fact, the counties with the highest case rates have significantly lower vaccination rates than counties with lower case rates. This week, just three states, Florida, Texas and Missouri, three states with lower vaccination rates accounted for 40% of all cases nationwide. For the second week in a row, one in five of all cases occurring in Florida alone. And within communities, these cases are primarily among unvaccinated people."++WHITE FLASH++3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeff Zients, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator:"Importantly, states with the highest case rates are actually seeing their vaccination rates go up. In fact, in the past week, the five states with the highest case rates, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Nevada, had a higher rate of people getting newly vaccinated compared to the national average. This is a very positive trend. For the second week in a row, states with lower vaccination and higher case rates are seeing their vaccination rates grow faster than the national average."  ++WHITE FLASH++4. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:"The greatest risk right now is to those who are unvaccinated, and we have consistently and repeatedly said, if you are unvaccinated, you need to be wearing a mask to protect yourself and others around you. And we need more people to get vaccinated to stop this pandemic. So overall, the CDC recommendations haven't changed. Fully vaccinated people are protected from severe illness." ++EDIT ENDS ON SOUNDBITE++STORYLINE:The White House says COVID-19 vaccinations are rising in states that have been hit hard by the rapidly spreading delta variant.Coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients told reporters on Thursday that several states with the highest proportions of new infections are seeing residents get vaccinated at a higher rate than the nation as a whole.Officials cited Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, and Nevada as examples. The delta variant, which spreads more aggressively, now accounts for an estimated 83% of cases nationwide and is the predominant coronavirus strain in every region.Although health officials are warning that the U.S. is at another critical juncture in the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not changed its guidance that vaccinated people don't need to wear masks.Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the agency's director, said local decisions on mask mandates could vary depending on vaccination levels and whether there's a surge.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. The White House says COVID-19 vaccinations are rising in states that have been hit hard by the rapidly spreading delta variant. (July 22) Pace of vaccination rises in areas hit by variant