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Vaccinated Hawaiian positive for delta variant after traveling to Nevada

Virus Outbreak Hawaii
Posted at 9:36 AM, Jun 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-16 10:57:07-04

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii says a vaccinated Oahu resident who traveled to Nevada last month has tested positive for the delta variant of COVID-19.

The delta variant was first detected in India and is a more transmissible version of the disease. The variant currently makes up 6% of all cases in the U.S.

Hawaii Health Director Dr. Libby Char says this is a "very rare breakthrough" case in which a COVID-19 vaccine didn't prevent infection.

New analysis from researchers in the U.K. shows the Pfizer vaccine is 96% effective against hospitalization from the delta variant.