Transcript for How concerned should we be about Delta variant
Joining us is the executive vice president at the Robert wood Johnson foundation and a member of president Biden's covid-19 advisory board. Let's talk about that delta variant. It was first found in India. It seems to be spreading quickly including here in the U.S. How concerned should we be and what do we have to do to fight against this? Morning. Yeah, I am very concerned about this delta variant, and variants in general because we don't know exactly what they mean in terms of transmissibility or how sick people will get when they get infected. I think what reassures me, though, is there's evidence those people who are fully vaccinated are protected against the delta variant. In fact it's critical to watch what's happening in the U.K. Where we're seeing increases in cases and higher levels of transmission of the delta variant. And we're seeing it introduced in the United States. The key thing that we can all do to make sure we don't have high levels of that variant transmitted throughout the United States is people really need to get vaccinated. As much as we want to let our guard down and celebrate and be out there in the community having fun, vaccinated people can really do that, but unvaccinated people really need to be careful. Speaking of vaccines, many parents are expressing concern after that new study that showed 226 cases of a heart issue in teens who got the vaccine. The CDC has scheduled an emergency meeting this month to review these cases of heart inflammation. What should people know about the potential risk here? Because parents are really trying to weigh the odds. As a parent and a pediatrician, I understand the concern that people have right now. The CDC has identified there have been cases of myocarditis or pericarditis which is inflammation of the heart. That's happened at rates that are higher than expected in younger people. What is not known is a lot of great detail about those cases themselves. The CDC's process includes having an advisory committee to review the data that are available, discuss it, weigh the risks of the vaccine to the disease itself and then make a decision about the vaccine. At this point the vaccines are known to be effective. They're working. They're safe. The data will be complete by next Thursday and we should keep our eyes open and hear what the CDC has to say about it I have confidence in that process because they do a thorough investigation.
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