By Sarah N. Lynch
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Sunday that he does not expect the United States to return to lockdowns, despite the growing risks of COVID-19 infections posed by the variant. Delta.
“I don’t think we’re going to see blockages,” Fauci, who is also director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“I think we have enough percentage of people in the country, not enough to squash the outbreak, but I think enough to not allow us to get into the situation we were in last winter.”
Although Fauci doesn’t think the United States should shut down again like it did last year, he warned ABC that “things are going to get worse” as the Delta variant continues to expand.
“We have 100 million people in this country who are eligible to get vaccinated and who don’t get vaccinated,” he said.
The average number of new cases reported each day has nearly doubled in the past 10 days and the number of hospitalized patients in many states is increasing, according to a Reuters analysis. https://tmsnrt.rs/2WTOZDR
At the same time, the number of Americans getting vaccinated has increased. (Chart on World Vaccines) https://tmsnrt.rs/3tUM8ta
“The positive side of this is that people are realizing this and this may be a turning point for those who have doubted,” National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins told CNN on Sunday. “That is what must desperately happen if we want this Delta variant to return to its place, because right now it is having a big party in the middle of the country.”
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