House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) announced he received the coronavirus vaccine after testing positive for antibodies.
The U.S. has seen a noticeable increase in COVID-19 cases as the Delta variant surged after Fourth of July weekend gatherings. While the surge has remained relatively small compared to case counts this past January, it has still created cause for concern among the medical establishment.
The U.S. has begun to ship more than three million COVID-19 vaccines to the Philippines. The State Department confirmed the first half of the Johnson and Johnson shipment arrived in the county on Friday.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki touched on rising COVID-19 cases and vaccine misinformation at her daily press briefing. Speaking to reporters on Friday, Psaki was questioned over the White House’s concern that the Delta variant could be more widespread than initially thought.
The White House has expressed its support for states choosing to return to COVID-19 lockdowns.
Global health officials have stirred up a new wave of COVID-19 fears with so-called Lambda variant. According to University of Chile, the Lambda variant has spread across Latin American countries and may be resistant to COVID-19 vaccines.
A top medical expert has argued fears of the Delta strain of COVID-19 have been overblown in media reports and assured the public there was no reason to be scared. Professor Monica Gandhi of the University of California, San Francisco stated although the strain has been able to spread faster, its virulence has remained low.