Leading up to Labor Day weekend, the U.S. recorded nearly four times as many new COVID-19 cases this year than in the same period in 2020.
On September 5, 2020, the average weekly number of new daily COVID-19 cases was 41,488. Exactly a year later, the number was 294% higher, for a total of 163,728 cases.
RELEVANT spoke with Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, about many Christians’ response to the vaccine.
“It seemed like this was something everybody would run to embrace,” Collins said. “Yet, obviously, it’s been a little more complicated than that.”
Misinformation and misunderstanding of the vaccine spread widely throughout Christian communities when the vaccine was first introduced. Over time, and through the use of countless resources and conversations, hesitant Christians have slowly gotten the vaccine. And while the Delta variant continues to dominate throughout the U.S. Still, the newly F.D.A. approved Pfizer vaccine is 88% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 caused by the Delta variant and 96% effective at stopping deaths.