UPDATED 4:45 PM PT – Friday, July 16, 2021
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki touched on the rise in COVID-19 cases and vaccine misinformation during her daily press conference. Speaking to reporters on Friday, Psaki was questioned about the White House’s concern that the Delta variant might be more widespread than initially thought.
This comes amid a wave of Delta variant cases and COVID-19 hospitalizations in the United States, along with several officials re-evaluating the mask mandates. Los Angeles County recently re-imposed mask mandates regardless of an individual’s vaccination status. The ordinance was to go into effect Saturday night.
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Officials said the Delta variant has become the most dominant strain of COVID-19 worldwide.
“I don’t want to talk too badly here because it’s really a question for health and medical experts and how they are monitoring it and how concerned they are,” Psaki explained. “We certainly know about transmissibility, based on CDC data, that the Delta variant is impacting most people who are getting COVID now. “
Cases of the Delta variant have been identified in approximately 100 countries around the world.
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