On May 20, 2021 in Immokalee, Florida, Anna Mendez, LPN, gives a Moderna COVID-19 vaccination to Vern Henderson at a clinic set up by Healthcare Network. Getty Images/Joe Raedle The Biden administration stated Thursday that the White House is deploying Covid-19 response teams around the United States to battle the extremely contagious delta form. The teams, which will include officials from the CDC and other government agencies, will engage with neighborhoods at higher risk of outbreaks and will focus on boosting the rate of Covid-19 vaccines, according to White House Covid czar Jeff Zients during a press conference on the pandemic. He added that the government is prepared to give extra personnel and that the teams will increase testing to broaden viral detection, facilitate contact tracing, and provide medications to help treat those who become affected. According to CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, there are 1,000 counties in the United States with immunization coverage of less than 30%. According to her, counties in the South and Midwest are the most vulnerable to the variation. “To be clear, the federal government is ready to respond to the delta version in collaboration with our state partners,” Zients added. “As we engage with communities across the country to get more shots in arms, we’ll also be working with governors, state and local health officials to identify and address the needs on the ground in regions where there are emergency outbreaks,” he added. Delta, which was first discovered in India and is now found in at least 96 countries, is anticipated to become the most common form of the disease in the United States. According to the CDC, the prevalence of the delta variation, which is 60 percent more transmissible than the alpha form first discovered in the United Kingdom, is doubling every two weeks in the United States. There have been reports that the delta version causes more severe symptoms, according to health officials, but further research is needed to corroborate those findings. Nonetheless, there are indications that the delta strain may cause distinct symptoms than other types. According to the CDC, it accounts for 26% of Covid cases in the United States. The variation has been dubbed the “biggest threat” to the nation’s attempt to eradicate Covid-19 by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s chief medical advisor. The variety is the quickest and fittest coronavirus strain yet, according to the WHO, and it will “pick out” the most vulnerable people, particularly in areas where Covid vaccination rates are low. It recently advised everyone, including those who have been vaccinated, to continue wearing masks while the variety spreads. According to Walensky, roughly one in every two sequences in some parts of the country is the delta variant. Officials foresee a rise in transmission as the variation expands unless states can vaccinate more individuals, she added. According to CDC figures, more than 181 million Americans, or 54.6 percent of the population, had received at least one dose of a Covid vaccination as of Thursday. According to the CDC, more than 155 million Americans are fully immunized. “The delta variation is anticipated to be the second most widespread variant in the United States, and I expect it to overtake the alpha variant in the coming weeks,” she said, advising anyone who have Covid symptoms to be tested. This is a work in progress. Please return to this page for updates./nRead More