Even in the United States, the spread of the Delta variant of the new coronavirus is worrying the government and health authorities, after the slowdown in the vaccination campaign in recent weeks. “Please get vaccinated,” US President Joe Biden said on Monday. “Go get vaccinated now,” he added, stating that the disease is mainly affecting states where vaccinations have been lower.
The country has seen an increase of nearly 200 percent in cases in the past two weeks, and 42 percent in deaths, while vaccinations have not yet met the White House target for July 4th independence day. Currently, the proportion of adults given the first dose is 68 percent, up from the 70 percent target the country should have reached more than two weeks ago, while 60 percent have received the full course of vaccination (in Italy, the percentage of the population over 12 years old is 52 percent).
Following the slowdown in vaccinations seen in recent weeks, experts and insiders have set out to convince even the most reluctant Americans to get vaccinated, launching harsh attacks against the spread of falsehoods about the effects of vaccines on social platforms and even traditional media. Anthony Fauci, the leading US expert on infectious diseases, said on Saturday that smallpox and polio still circulate with the kind of “false information that is spreading.”
Even at the local level, there are testimonies of doctors who try to sensitize citizens to the risks of non-vaccination. In the state of Alabama, last in the United States for the percentage of the population fully vaccinated, with less than 35 percent of adults, an internist shared on Facebook the story of his encounters with vaccine skeptics being hospitalized.
“We hospitalize healthy young people with very serious Covid infections,” said Dr Brytney Cobia, who works at Birmingham’s Grandview Medical Center. “One of the last things they do before they get intubated is beg me for the vaccine. I hold his hand and tell him I’m sorry, but it’s too late ”.
“A few days later, when I have to declare the time of death, I hug their family and tell them that the best way to honor a loved one is to get vaccinated and encourage everyone they know to do the same”, continues the post, resumed even by some tested national.
“They cry. And they tell me they didn’t know. They thought it was a hoax. They thought it was a political issue. They thought that because they had a certain blood type or a certain skin color they wouldn’t get so sick. They thought it was ‘just the flu’. But they were wrong. And they wish they could go back. But they can’t. So they thank me and go to get vaccinated. And I go back to my office, write their death certificate and say a little prayer so that this loss can save more lives ”.
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