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A man receiving his second dose in Gurugram, India. Photo: Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images.

Unvaccinated people were about 11 times more likely to die of COVID-19 and were more than 10 times more likely to be hospitalized with the disease, a new study from the CDC released on Friday found.

Why it matters: The Biden administration has now ramped up efforts to control the virus as cases and hospitalizations largely driven by the Delta variant surge nationwide.

The study took place between April 4th and July 17th.

  • The study analyzed vaccination status across 13 U.S. jurisdictions and compared them with their hospital rates.

By the numbers: Of the 37,948 hospitalizations in the 13 jurisdictions, 2,976 or about 8% were vaccinated.

  • Of the 6,748 deaths, 616 or about 9% were people who were fully vaccinated.
  • Of the 615,454 cases the agency looked at, 46,312 or about 8% of people were fully vaccinated.

Of note: The CDC also released two more studies today related to vaccine effectiveness, finding that Moderna remained the most effective vaccine but that all vaccines remained were effective against the Delta variant.

What they're saying: “The bottom line is this: We have the scientific tools we need to turn the corner on this pandemic," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at a White House COVID-19 briefing on Friday.

  • “Vaccination works and will protect us from the severe complications of COVID-19,” Walensky added.

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Dec 17, 2021 - Health

Study: J&J vaccine provides little or no protection against Omicron

A patient receives the Sputnik Light vaccine during a home vaccination visit in Kazan, Russia. Photo: Yegor Aleyev\TASS via Getty Images

COVID-19 vaccines produced by Johnson & Johnson and China's Sinopharm, as well as the Russian-made Sputnik V, were found to provide little or no protection against the newly emerging Omicron variant, according to a study out this week.

Driving the news: The study, which was published as a preprint and isn't yet peer-reviewed, found that just three out of 13 people who were fully vaccinated with China's Sinopharm vaccine produced neutralizing antibodies against Omicron.

Updated Dec 17, 2021 - Health

New York City braces for another coronavirus surge

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

New York City — America's original pandemic epicenter — is displaying warning signs of yet another drastic surge of the virus, this time likely driven by the Omicron variant.

Why it matters: Given how quickly the variant appears to spread, New York's experience will likely be replicated around the country. But this time, the city has the benefit of an above-average vaccination rate to help it avoid becoming a worst-case scenario.

Dec 18, 2021 - Health

The UK's Omicron warning for America

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Data: UK Health Security Agency; Chart: Axios Visuals

Coronavirus cases are surging in London as the Omicron variant has officially replaced Delta — a sign of what's likely just around the corner for parts of the U.S.

The bottom line: The ratio of deaths to cases will be lower than spring 2020, simply because so many Americans are either vaccinated or have already been infected. But it's still unclear if the variant itself is less severe, and how many people are vulnerable to it.