All remaining unvaccinated againstand eligible Americans need to get the shots. Dr. said this week while warning that a much more severe and transmissible variant of the virus is rapidly spreading across the U.S. and will become the dominant strain in a matter of weeks.
“It’s the unvaccinated people that we’re concerned about,” the White House’s chief medical adviser said in an interview Wednesday. “They’ve got to start to it now because if they’re unvaccinated, they’re at risk.”
Fauci said that this delta variant of the coronavirus, first found in India and contributed to an outbreak that killed hundreds of thousands of people, currently makes up about 20% of newly diagnosedin the U.S.
This variant is more transmissible than the alpha strain, also known as B.1.1.7, which has been predominant in the U.S. lately. It’s also associated with, such as hospital risk, compared to the alpha variant.
If Fauci said that the delta variant is allowed to spread through unvaccinated people, there’s not only a heightened risk of severe illness but a chance ityet another new variant; Faucuses don’t mutate if they don’t replicate,” he said. “If you allow them to replicate by allowing them to [spread] from person to person, you’re giving them a perfect opportunity to mutate even more and perhaps evade the vaccine.”
The good news is that health officials say the U.S. vaccines are highly effective against the.
“They are nearly 100% effective against severe disease andis particularly tragic, because nearly every death, especially among adults, due to COVID-19 is at this point entirely preventable,” the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, said at a on Tuesday.
, Fauci highlighted the delta variant’s ability to spread exponentially by showcasing data from the U.K. showing the variant overtaking all other variants within weeks. Today the in the U.K., he said.
In the U.S., “we seem to be following the pattern with the, with a doubling time of about two weeks,” he said while presenting a bar graph that shows the country’s delta variant cases growing from roughly 1.2% in early May to 20.6% in mid-June.
“Theis currently the greatest threat in the U.S. to our attempt to eliminate COVID-19,” he said. “We have the tools, so let’s use them and crush the outbreak.”
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