President Joe Biden earlier this month said that his administration was “in the process” of considering how soon the U.S. could lift the ban on European travel bound for the U.S. after the issue was raised by German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her visit to the White House.
Among American adults who have not yet received a vaccine, 35% say they probably will not, and 45% say they definitely will not, according to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Though COVID-19 vaccines greatly reduce the chance of severe illness and death and remain effective against variants, some experts said wearing a mask is a reasonable precaution since it’s still possible to get infected.
As Texas reported more than 6,400 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Thursday, the largest one-day increase since late February, the Department of State Health Services announced it is “again hitting the road to promote vaccination.”
The number of active COVID-19 cases rose to more than 1,600 Wednesday in Central Texas, vaccination rates are still low and masks, which could help stem the spread of a more virulent strain of the virus, remain optional.
Across the U.S., the seven-day rolling average for daily new cases in the U.S. rose over the past two weeks to more than 37,000 on Tuesday, up from less than 13,700 on July 6, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Experts say the more virulent Delta variant of the new coronavirus is making inroads in areas where vaccination rates are low, which makes Central Texas, where not quite 36% of residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated, a prime target.
Shilynee Loux said her daughter was the first child COVID-19-related death in Mesa County. According to the health department, the girl tested positive for the Delta variant and was hospitalized before her age group was eligible for the vaccine.