The nation’s top infectious disease expert says he fears new vaccine-resistant coronavirus variant could emerge during the fall.
In an interview with McClatchy, Dr Anthony Fauci said so many variants have emerged during the pandemic that he fears a strain more serious than the Indian ‘Delta’ variant could be on the horizon.
He also predicted nation is ‘in trouble’ if more Americans do not get vaccinated and predicted that daily cases could double to over 200,000 per day in the coming weeks.
While the U.S.’s vaccine rollout is beginning to tick upwards due to fears about the infectiousness of Indian ‘Delta’ variant – after months of slow progress – much of the country is still vulnerable.
‘What we’re seeing, because of this increase in transmissibility, and because we have about 93 million people in this country who are eligible to get vaccinated who don’t get vaccinated – that you have a significant pool of vulnerable people,’ Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told McClatchy.
‘And so when you look at the curve of acceleration of seven-day averages of cases per day, it is going up in a very steep fashion.’
Cases have been surging in the United States over the last month.
On Wednesday, the U.S. recorded 106,557 new cases of coronavirus with a seven-day rolling average of 90,576.
This is a 283 percent increase from the 23,613 recorded three weeks ago and the highest average since February 14, according to Johns Hopkins data.
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Source: By Mansur Shaheen and Mary Kekatos Acting U.S. Health Editor for Dailymail.com