• Dr. Rachelle Walensky, head of the US CDC, says that some parts of the country’s healthcare system “are in dire straits,” as an onslaught of the Delta variant leads them to ration medical care, adding “…we are talking about who is going to get a ventilator, who is going to get an ICU bed. Those are not easy discussions to have, and that is not a place we want our health care system to ever be.” Source

• In the US, where over 70 million people are unvaccinated, health officials announce that the country has over 40 million doses of coronavirus vaccines, enough for booster-eligible older people and young children (for whom vaccine approval is anticipated in the coming weeks). Source

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