U.S. : Florida hit by the deadliest Covid19 wave yet

U.S. : Florida hit by the deadliest Covid19 wave yet

U.S. : Florida hit by the deadliest Covid19 wave yet

The Delta variant of the coronavirus disease has become widespread in the United States, even as the Biden administration continues to grapple with a plan to offer Covid-19 booster shots to the populace.

The state of Florida reported an additional 2,345 Covid-19 deaths in its latest weekly report on the fatality toll, which shows that the numbers have hit a new record, now clocking the highest deaths ever in a similar period than at any point in the past.

People aged 65 and above accounted for 63% of the Covid-19 deaths in Florida. Cumulatively, over the entire period of the pandemic, Florida seniors have made up 79% of deaths.

While Florida’s vaccination rate is slightly higher than the national average, the Sunshine State has an outsize population of elderly people, who are especially vulnerable to the virus; a vibrant party scene; and a Republican governor who has taken a hard line against mask requirements, vaccine passports and business shutdowns.

The White House is expected to launch a campaign to administer more than 100 million booster shots of the Covid-19 vaccine from the week starting on September 20, later this month. But health officials have advised the Biden administration to launch the campaign initially with Pfizer vaccines.