Anthony Fauci warned of risk of worsening coronavirus situation in winter
A weakening of vaccine-provided immunity, combined with increased activity of the delta strain, threatens to worsen the coronavirus situation in the United States this coming winter. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s chief infectious disease specialist who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned.
“Obviously, unvaccinated people are most vulnerable to COVID-19, but with a strain as rapidly spreading as delta, especially when immunity is gradually waning, the current upward trend in incidence will have a negative impact even on vaccinated people,” Fauci is quoted by the network as saying. – So we are talking about a double blow. We’re going to see many more cases of infection after vaccination than we currently see among vaccinated people.
Signals of this are the recent resurgence in coronavirus infections in the country, which is especially worrisome with the holiday winter season approaching with its traditional family gatherings.
The number of new cases of COVID-19 infection in the United States, according to official figures, has begun to rise again in recent days, surpassing the 80,000 per day figure – the highest in the past month. Forty states are recording the highest rates of coronavirus infection and resulting hospitalizations in 10 weeks.
In that regard, Fauci called on all federal and local authorities and health services to intensify efforts to attract not only those who have not been vaccinated at all, and there are about 60 million such people in the country, but also to undergo revaccination. Much, he stressed, will depend on “how well the booster vaccination program will be implemented. Fauci even suggested that people who have been revaccinated against COVID-19 should be considered fully vaccinated.
To date, more than 47 million cases of the coronavirus have been identified in the United States since the pandemic began, and 765,919 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University, which conducts counts based on federal and local information. For both indicators, the country ranks first in the world.