The Biden Administration mobilized COVID-19 response teams to track the spread of the so-called “Delta Variant”, first identified in India in December 2020.
The response teams are expected to pay special attention to the areas of the U.S. in which the COVID-19 vaccination rates are the lowest.
They would be comprised of officials and experts from institutions such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Approaching the unvaccinated areas
The teams would be particularly focused on stirring up the vaccination rates in the most hesitant communities.
So far, only 47.2 percent of Americans have been fully vaccinated, which is far less than the goal of 70 percent immunization Biden set for the 4th of July.
According to the data present by Mayo Clinic, five U.S. states lag behind the others, with less than 40 percent of its citizens who received at least one vaccine dose.
These states include Alabama (with 39.9 percent), Idaho (39.5 percent), Wyoming (39.2 percent), Louisiana (38.1 percent), and Mississippi, with a mere 36.2 percent at the bottom.
CNN reported that Biden’s COVID-19 response teams would offer help beyond the assistance in vaccination.
Like similar teams in the past, they are expected to expand testing capacities and provide monoclonal antibodies and other medicines to help the sick.
Besides assisting in inoculation, the teams would likely organize media campaigns to increase vaccination rates in regions rife with skepticism.
Yet, the response teams are set to face significant challenges, particularly in encouraging new vaccinations, as the latest research, such as the one conducted by Kaiser Family Foundation, suggests that the vast majority of those interested had already been vaccinated.
At the same time, medical experts point out that the spread of the Delta Variant indicates that a new COVID-19 surge is imminent in the coming weeks or months.
Nonetheless, some lawmakers expressed their skepticism about the role of the teams deployed by the administration.
Republican Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky invited his followers not to let the “fearmongers” win.
He pointed to the data suggesting that the Delta Variant has a 0.08 percent death rate among the infected individuals.