Oct 17, 2021
Fauci says unvaccinated create danger of fifth COVID-19 wave
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President BidenJoe BidenPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks State school board leaves national association saying they called parents domestic terrorists Sunday shows preview: Supply chain crisis threaten holiday sales; uncertainty over whether US can sustain nationwide downward trend in COVID-19 cases MORE’s chief medical adviser Anthony FauciAnthony FauciSunday shows preview: Supply chain crisis threaten holiday sales; uncertainty over whether US can sustain nationwide downward trend in COVID-19 cases The CDC's Title 42 order fuels racism and undermines public health Advocates step up pressure on Biden to end controversial Title 42 MORE said on Sunday that unvaccinated Americans could pose a threat to the country's progress on the COVID-19 pandemic, potentially incurring a fifth wave of COVID-19 infections.
“The problem is, as we all know, we still have approximately 66 million people who are eligible to be vaccinated who are not vaccinated. The degree to which we continue to come down in that slope will depend on how well we do about getting more people vaccinated,” Fauci told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceFox News signs book deal with HarperCollins GOP leader's remarks on Fox underscore Trump's power The Memo: Anti-democratic fears rise as GOP stokes election doubts MORE.
“If we don't do very well in that regard, there's always the danger that there'll be enough circulating virus that you can have a stalling of the diminishing of the number of cases and when that happens, as we've seen in the past with other waves that we've been through, there's the danger of resurgence,” Fauci said.
Fauci explained however that a resurgence of another wave of COVID-19 cases was preventable, saying that the more people get vaccinated, the less likely there will be another surge going into another winter during the pandemic.
"The more people we get vaccinated, the less likelihood there is going to be another surge as we go into the winter" - Dr. FauciAnthony FauciSunday shows preview: Supply chain crisis threaten holiday sales; uncertainty over whether US can sustain nationwide downward trend in COVID-19 cases The CDC's Title 42 order fuels racism and undermines public health Advocates step up pressure on Biden to end controversial Title 42 MORE #FoxNewsSunday— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) October 17, 2021
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 77 percent of Americans aged 12 years and older have been at least partially vaccinated while 67 percent are fully vaccinated.
President Biden touted the progress that the U.S. has made within recent weeks, noting on Thursday that hospitalizations were down 38 percent and COVID-19 cases down 47 percent in the last six weeks. However, he warned that the country was in a “critical period” and urged those who were eligible for the vaccine but had not been inoculated yet to do so.
“My team and I are doing everything we can,” Biden said on Thursday. “I'm calling on more businesses to step up. I'm calling more parents to get their children vaccinated, when they are eligible. And I'm asking everyone, everyone who hasn't gotten vaccinated, please get vaccinated. That's how we put this pandemic behind us.”Tags Anthony Fauci Chris Wallace Dr. Fauci Joe Biden Sunday shows COVID-19 COVID-19 vaccine
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Dr. Fauci Says Omicron Almost Certainly Less Severe Than Delta Variant
Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, said Tuesday that the Omicron variant is “almost certainly … not more severe” than the still-dominant Delta variant.
South Africa first identified the Omicron variant in November, and the announcement sparked panic around the world. The U.S. announced travel restrictions from South Africa and seven other countries and also began implementing stricter travel guidelines for those entering the U.S. Still, Biden urged Americans not to panic, telling the nation the administration will “fight and beat this new variant.”
Dr. Fauci noted it will still be weeks until scientists learn more about the variant, but admitted to Agence France-Presse (AFP) that Omicron “almost certainly is not more severe than Delta.” His comments echo those made from Dr. Angelique Coetzee, chair of the South African Medical Association and one of the early doctors to tell authorities about a new potential variant. Coetzee has been critical of the world’s response to the new variant, previously noting that current patients typically have “very, very mild symptoms,” though it is still early on.
WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 01: Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Chief Medical Advisor to the President, speaks with guests after U.S. President Joe Biden delivered remarks to commemorate World AIDS Day at the White House on December 01, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
“There is some suggestion that it might even be less severe, because when you look at some of the cohorts that are being followed in South Africa, the ratio between the number of infections and the number of hospitalizations seems to be less than with Delta,” Fauci said according to AFP.
“I think that’s going to take another couple of weeks at least in South Africa,” Fauci continued, noting they still need time to fully see the effects of the virus. “As we get more infections throughout the rest of the world, it might take longer to see what’s the level of severity.”
Fauci said from the start that he believes Omicron may be more transmissible than other variants. The first known case of the variant in the U.S. was identified on Dec. 1, just days after the travel restrictions went into effect. (RELATED: ‘The Choice Is Yours’: In Line With CDC’s Mask Guidance, Biden Gives Americans An Ultimatum On Vaccines)