Transcript for Biden expected to miss July 4th COVID vaccine goal
So important. Let's bring in Dr. Ashish jha, Dean of the brown university school of public health. Dr. Jha, thanks for joining us this morning. Let's start with your take on the delta variant. How concerned should we be? Good morning, George. Thanks for having me back. I'm pretty concerned about it. It is a far more contagious variant than anything we've it appears to be a little more deadly, the data from Scotland says it causes more hospitalizations. We've got to stop it and stop it by getting people vaccinated. That's Howe we stop the variant. The fact if you're vaccinated it's very effective against the delta variant. Yeah, I have been pleasantly surprised at how well our vaccines continue to hold up against this. The pfizer vaccine, 88%, 90% effective against it. I expect the data from moderna will be similar. They are working very well even against this variant. And how about these other possible mutations? We've seen it mutate pretty quickly. Yeah, I mean, we've been hearing about the delta plus. We don't know a lot about it. Maybe a bit more contagious but we don't know. More outbreaks globally, more variants, more will land on our shores so we have to get Americans vaccinated but help get the world vaccinated to put the pandemic behind us. How do we convince the You know what, we've got to help people understand a couple things. We've got to counter the misinformation that young people never get sick from this. They do. Thankfully less than older people and, second, we have to make it easy, colleges and universities as they begin to require vaccines will also make a difference. I do think we'll get there. It's going more slowly than I hoped. If we don't how concerned are you about a surge in cases as wephead to the fall? Yeah, I think we'll do okay over the summer if we don't but the fall and winter will be tough. And that's what we saw last year and obviously people weren't vaccinated last year. But enough unvaccinated people that I would expect a surge in the fall, not anything like last year but enough to get us in trouble. Dr. Jha, thanks again for your time and information. T.J.
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