The White House COVID-19 Response Team has confirmed that 40% of this week's cases came from just three states.
These three states are Florida, Texas, and Missouri.
"This week, just three states - Florida, Texas, and Missouri; three states with lower vaccination rates - accounted for 40 percent of all cases nationwide," White House COVID-19 Response Coordination Jeff Zients said during a press briefing.
White House COVID-19 Response Team Gives Stats and Figures
White House COVID-19 Response Team Coordinator Jeff Zients said that for the second week in a row, one in five of all cases comes from Florida. Florida has contributed the highest number of COVID-19 cases this week.
Zients also said that five states with the highest COVID-19 cases in the US for the week also have seen the highest increase in vaccination rates. These states are Florida, Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, and Nevada. He said it considers it a "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," he said.
Zients also added that more than 5.2 million Americans received a COVID-19 vaccine in the past 10 days.
'Infections After Vaccination Are Expected': Fauci
In the same White House COVID-19 Response Team briefing, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Dr. Anthony Fauci stressed that COVID-19 infections can still occur even after vaccination.
"No vaccine is 100 percent effective. However, even if a vaccine does not completely protect against infection, it usually, if it's successful, protects against serious disease," he said.
He also reiterated the efficacy rates of the available COVID-19 vaccines. The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine has an efficacy of 95%, while Modern's vaccine is at 94%. The efficacy of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is at 72%.
COVID-19 Cases in the US: Where the Numbers Are
As of writing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported a total number of 34,312,832 COVID-19 cases in the country. Out of these cases, 608,113 have passed away.
The seven-day case rate per 100,000 cases stands at 92.2.
As far as COVID-19 vaccinations are concerned, the CDC website says that 162.4 million Americans have already been fully vaccinated as of press time. 187,579,557 people have received at least a first dose.
Fully vaccinated citizens account for 48.9% of the country's population. Those who received at least one jab of a COVID-19 vaccine account for 56.5% of the total population of the US.
President Joe Biden has previously directed COVID-19 vaccination efforts to "knock on doors" to get more Americans vaccinated against the coronavirus. The White House has also blamed COVID-19 misinformation on social media platforms like Facebook.
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Written by Isabella James