During the COVID-19 briefing yesterday, Gavin Newsom, Governor of California, declared that the Delta strain is now predominant in the Sunshine State. He also declared that the number of infected people would continue to increase, and the statistics show the same thing. The number of recorded infected cases was 1,4000 on the 8th of July, and this did not happen since May.
California’s Governor presented the COVID-19 situation.
During the briefing, Newson also reminded the population what actions are being taken to stop the spreading of the virus since the beginning of the pandemic. However, he said that if the population continues to get vaccinated, there will be no need for harsher restrictions—this week. The test positivity number is 2.1%, and it is pretty high considering the numbers from last week: 1.4%.
California and the vaccination campaign
So far, the state of California has 60% of the eligible population vaccinated. Those under 12 years old cannot get the shot, for now, and they are about 6 million people in the Sunshine state. Scientists previously explain that in order to stop the spreading of the COVID-19 pandemic, herd immunity needs to be achieved. This mass immunization means that at least 70-80% of the population needs to get fully vaccinated.
The available vaccines work against the COVID-19 strains.
The CDC and FDA reported that for now, a third shot of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine is not necessary. The statement came after just a few days back, BioNTech Company announced plans for developing a booster shot to help protect people against the Delta strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The good news is that the available vaccines protect people against death and severe forms. This means that even if fully vaccinated people get infected with the virus, they are going to develop easy to mild forms.