The United States will see sudden increases in cases of the Delta variant of Covid-19 in areas where vaccination rates are low, Anthony Fauci predicted.
President Joe Biden’s top medical adviser spoke to NBC’s Meet the Press in an interview that will air in its entirety Sunday.
The Biden administration has announced the success of its vaccination campaign: 66.8% of American adults have received at least one dose before July 1 and 54.6% of all Americans have received one or more injections. .
But amid strong opposition to vaccines in Republican-controlled states, the official goal of 70% of adults having received at least one injection by July 4 was expected to be missed. More than 605,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the US.
The Delta variant is highly contagious and is now present in at least 98 countries. On Saturday, the director general of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned that the availability of vaccines around the world was being “exceeded by variants.”
When asked if it was more lethal than other variants and if he was concerned that it could cause an increase in cases as companies and society reopen, Fauci told NBC: “I don’t think you are going to see anything across the country. , because fortunately have a substantial proportion of the population vaccinated. So it will be regional. “
Fauci, 80, is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He has served seven presidents since 1984 and rose to prominence in the final year of the Trump administration, when he frequently faced a fickle president.
Two Washington Post reporters’ account of the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic, titled Nightmare Scenario, was published this week. It details attacks on Fauci by insiders, including economic advisers Stephen Moore and Peter Navarro, and threats from Trump supporters that led to Fauci being assigned official protection.
Speaking to NBC, Fauci said Americans may find the situation “confusing” as Delta cases increase.
“Let’s see … almost two guys from America,” he said.
“You know, those regions of America that are highly vaccinated and we have a low level of infection dynamics.
“And in some places, some states, some cities, some areas, where the level of vaccination is low and the level of spread of the virus is high, that’s where the spikes are going to be seen.”
Biden addressed the danger of the Delta variant on Friday.
“I am concerned that people who have not been vaccinated have the ability to contract the variant and transmit the variant to other people who have not been vaccinated,” the president said.
“I’m not worried that there is going to be a major outbreak… another epidemic across the country. But I am concerned that lives will be lost. “
Elsewhere, the director of the National Institutes of Health, Francis Collins, he told Politico The widespread resistance to vaccines among evangelical communities was “heartbreaking.”
“It is heartbreaking that he has come to this for something that can potentially save lives and yet has been so completely influenced by political views and conspiracies that it is impossible to have a simple loving conversation with his flock,” said Collins, who is a devout Christian. .
“That is a sad diagnosis of the disease that afflicts our country, and I am not referring to Covid-19. I’m talking about polarization, tribalism even within what should be the loving community of a Christian church. ‘