"We’re seeing increases in cases, particularly in parts of the country where the vaccination rates are low," he explained.
DR. VIVEK MURTHY, SURGEON GENERAL: I'm concerned about what we're seeing in the country right now. We are seeing increases in cases, particularly in parts of the country where the vaccination rates are low. The good news is that among those who are fully vaccinated, that's two weeks after your last shot, we're still seeing a high degree of protection there, particularly from hospitalizations and deaths. In fact, 99.5 percent of the deaths that we're seeing right now, Chris, from COVID-19 are among those who are unvaccinated.
So I worry that we are seeing, in fact, significant increases among the unvaccinated. But the good news is the vaccinated are still highly protected.
CHRIS WALLACE, FOX NEWS: While cases are rising across the country, the real surge we're seeing now is much more localized. Take a look at this map, Doctor, four states are responsible for more than 46 percent of new cases. Florida alone accounts for one in five of the new cases. So what do you say to the governors and the public health officials in those states?
MURTHY: Well, what I would say to them is what I would say to the general public, Chris, which is this pandemic isn’t over, we have to be cautious, and we’ve got to do everything we can to get people vaccinated. That stands as the single most effective pathway we have to keeping people safe, protecting their families, and ending this pandemic.