Transcript for US nears benchmark of 10K new cases per day
We get the latest on the pandemic. Cases continue to fall across the country. Very close now to reaching a crucial benchmark set by Dr. Fauci, 10,000 or fewer cases a day but stalling vaccination rates in some areas could put that in jeopardy and Eva pilgrim tracks it all. Good morning, Eva. Reporter: Good morning, George. As life has returned to normal many people telling us the urgency to get a vaccine has faded but health experts say it's still especially critical as we fight these variants. This morning, the U.S. Crossing positive new covid milestonesers more states reporting zero deaths from covid, Maryland with zero covid deaths for two days in a row and case numbers are down. The lowest daily average since March 2020, about 11,400 cases nearing Dr. Fauci's benchmark averaging less than 10,000 new cases a day. But the good news comes as concns grow around the highly contagious delta variant. Likely already fueling pockets of outbreaks in states with low vax rates. Those states not vaccinating well could lag the remainder of the country in recovering from this situation. Reporter: Vaccinations across the country stalling putting president Biden's vaccine goal of 70% partially vaccinated by July 4th in jeopardy. In Colorado the health department making calls to adults who aren't vaccinated. Meanwhile, new CDC data showing who is and isn't getting the vaccine. 80% of those over 65 had gotten at least one dose. However, only 38% of people ages 18 to 29 had gotten the vaccine. Experts say fewer vaccinations among younger people puts that age group particularly at risk. We know that, you know, masking can start to go away if you're vaccinated and you can start to gather, but, unfortunately, those unvaccinated are following some of those same behaviors and because of that, we will have unmitigated spread of the delta variant in those populations. Reporter: And that new CDC data examining the biggest reasons why people aren't getting the vaccines, lack of trust in the vaccines, concerns about the side effects or the belief that they just don't need one. T.J. All right, Eva, thank you so much.
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