US: 8 states are seeing increases in COVID-19 cases

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source: deseret.com

Despite the important vaccination campaign, some parts of the country -especially in the south- still increase infections.

With the success of the vaccination campaign, the United States has begun to control the pandemic. But, it is to be expected that the situation is not uniform everywhere in such a large and diverse country.

According to data from John Hopkins University, which became a benchmark on COVID-19 issues, there are eight states in which coronavirus cases are on the rise. Predictably, in seven of them, the vaccination rates are below the national average.

Alabama, Arkansas, Hawaii, Missouri, Nevada, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming have seen the average number of positive cases per percentage of residents increase compared to two weeks ago. In all these states, except Hawaii, vaccination is below the 43% that has been achieved nationally, according to data provided by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control).

Alabama is the state with the lowest percentage of people vaccinated, with only 36.57% of its population inoculated with at least one dose. To a large extent, many agree that there is a political motivation behind the low vaccination numbers.

While each state manages its vaccination logistics nationwide, anyone over the age of 18 can be inoculated without restrictions. Minors between 12 and 17 years old, with the authorization of their parents or a legal guardian, can receive only the vaccine developed by Pfizer - BioNtech, which is the only one approved by the FDA (Federal Food and Medicine Administration, for its acronym in English) for teenagers.

With practically unrestricted access to the vaccine, the low vaccination rates in some places would be motivated by the personal decision of citizens not to be inoculated. Although former President Donald Trump was vaccinated - and from the White House he aggressively bought doses from different laboratories to ensure that the United States had all the vaccines it needed - many of his followers disbelieve the rigor with which the vaccines were developed. They are deciding not to receive the immunization.

According to a recent poll conducted by the CBS news network, 29% of Republicans have no plans to get vaccinated, against 20% of independent voters who took the same position and 5% of Democrats. Among those who assured that they do not plan to be vaccinated, 50% responded that they are waiting to see what reactions the vaccine generates in other people to get it.

The same survey also determined that 70% of Americans are comfortable meeting friends right now - vaccinated or not. A high increase in confidence of returning to an active social life, compared to 40% who responded feeling comfortable meeting with friends when the same survey was conducted in March.

Entering the second half of June, it is increasingly unlikely that the country will reach the milestone of having 70% of its population vaccinated by July 4, as President Joe Biden had set as a goal at the beginning of his term.

So far, according to the CDC, 64 percent of Americans have received a dose of the vaccine, with 43 percent having full immunization. In the country, the confirmed cases of COVID 19 have risen to 33.4 million since the beginning of the pandemic, with 599,769 people dying as a result of the virus, according to the calculation made by John Hopkins University.