At least 99 per cent of those in the United States who died of COVID-19 in the last six months had not been vaccinated, Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was quoted by a media in a report published recently as saying.
The US is facing "the pandemic of the unvaccinated" amid a nationwide spike in COVID infections, according to a media report.
However, vaccination rates in the country have slowed down nationwide, the article said, noting that in places such as the US state Alabama, as of July 20, only 33 per cent of people who can receive the vaccine had been fully vaccinated.
In a separate report, an article published by the US non-profit media organisation National Public Radio (NPR) has said that the current COVID-19 surge in the US will steadily accelerate through this summer and fall.
Fuelling by the highly contagious Delta variant, the COVID surge will reach a peak in mid-October, with daily deaths more than triple what they are now, NPR said in the article.
The prediction is based on new projections released Wednesday from the Covid Scenario Modeling Hub, a consortium of researchers working in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help the agency track the course of the pandemic, according to the article.