By Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
FRIDAY, July 23, 2021 (HealthDay News)
In a sign that vaccine-hesitant Americans are starting to worry about the rapid spread of the highly infectious Delta variant, vaccinations are beginning to rise in some states where COVID-19 cases are soaring, White House officials said Thursday.
Coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients told reporters that several states with the highest proportions of new infections have seen residents get vaccinated at higher rates than the nation as a whole. Officials cited Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri and Nevada as examples, the Associated Press reported.
“The fourth surge is real, and the numbers are quite frightening at the moment,” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said on a New Orleans radio show, the AP reported. “There’s no doubt that we are going in the wrong direction, and we’re going there in a hurry.”
On Thursday, Louisiana reported 2,843 new COVID-19