Because of an increase in cases and a decline in vaccination rates, Anthony Fauci, Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, said on Sunday that the United States is on the verge of entering a “fifth wave” of coronavirus infections. Another concern is the newly discovered Omicron variant’s ability to spread.
Countries all over the world, including the United States, have been scrambling to protect themselves against Omicron, which has stoked fears of vaccine resistance, as Fauci toured political talk shows.
White House spokesman Jay Carney confirmed that Biden met with Fauci and other advisers on his return from vacation in Nantucket on Sunday evening, shortly after the first Omicron cases in North America were confirmed in Canada.
He told Obama that while he still believes that existing vaccines will provide some protection against severe Covid cases, it will take another two weeks to have more definitive information on the virus’s transmissibility and severity. Fauci told Obama that this information will be available to him in the next two weeks.
Fifth Wave’ of COVID Could Arrive as Omicron Variant Nears, According to Fauci
Those who have been previously vaccinated were also advised to get a booster shot. The White House announced that Biden would “provide an update on Monday about the new variant and the US response.”
When Fauci spoke earlier, he explained why Omicron has sounded the alarm.
It’s troubling that there are 32 or more variants of that virus’s spike protein, which is where the virus does most of its work, right now, he told NBC. “Right now we have the window into mutations that are in this new variant,” he said.
Therefore, the mutation profile strongly suggests that it will have an advantage in transmissibility and that it may evade immune protection, for example, from the monoclonal antibody or from the convalescent serum after an infection, and possibly even against some vaccine-induced antibodies.
In other words, “It’s not a foregone conclusion that that will happen, but it’s a strong indication that we need to be prepared for that.”
Fauci also brought up the rapid shift in the number of Covid cases in South Africa, the country where Omicron was discovered.
A sudden spike in infection occurred while you were experiencing a low level of infection,” says the doctor. “Oh my goodness,” said the South Africans upon first glance. What we’re dealing with now is a completely new virus.’
As a result, it is clear that it is capable of transmitting quickly. To be concerned about this and to put pressure on ourselves to do something about our presentation for this is what is causing us concern right now.”
As far as the CDC knows, no cases of Omicron have been reported in the United States.
When a virus has spread to multiple countries, Fauci says, “It’s inevitable that it’ll be here,” as we all know.
The fifth wave of cases “will really be dependent upon what we do in the next few weeks to a few months,” Fauci told CBS.
As of today, the United States is home to approximately 62 million people who are eligible for immunization but have not done so.
The fact that people who were vaccinated six, seven, eight, nine, or 10 months ago are starting to show a decrease in immunity is a reasonable addition to that.” In other countries, it’s known as waning immunity, and it was much more pronounced before we saw it here.”
A boost in immunization and booster shots could avert another surge, but the US must act quickly, according to Fauci.
“So if we do what I’m talking about in a more intense way, we may be able to blunt that,” he said. “It’s possible and even probable that we’ll see another spike if we don’t do this successfully. It’s up to us to decide how bad things get, and how we try to mitigate.”
A rapid rise in vaccination rates appears unlikely in the face of politically motivated opposition. The most recent CDC data indicated a 16 percent increase in cases over the previous week, despite the fact that more than 70 percent of US adults are fully vaccinated. According to Johns Hopkins University, there were 48,202,506 cases and 776,537 deaths in the United States as of Sunday.
Also on Sunday, NIH director Francis Collins spoke about the Omicron variant.
As he explained to CNN, “the main thing that has us focused on this is that it has so many mutations….”
Also, Collins stated that there were “good reasons to think it will probably be OK, but we need to know the real answers to this and that’s going to take two or three weeks.”
Earlier this week, Vice President Biden announced that the United States would follow other countries in restricting travel to and from southern Africa beginning on Monday.
“I know, America, you’re really tired of hearing these things, but the virus is not tired of us and it’s shape-shifting itself,” Collins said. This is like a race, and we have to use every tool in our toolbox in order to keep it from getting out of hand. “We can do this, but we must do it all together,” says the narrator.
Additionally, Fauci was asked about Republican attacks on federal research prior to the pandemic and his role in the Trump administration during an interview with CBS.
There is a “definite anti-science flavor” in this, he said. In fact, they’re really slamming science because I’m the face of it.” That’s a bad idea. As far as I am concerned, that’s more dangerous than any of the other threats I face.”
Fauci said, “You have to be asleep not to figure that one out” when asked if he thought Trump’s attacks were meant to scapegoat him and divert attention away from Trump’s failures.
There is no doubt that “I’m just going to do my job, and I’ll be saving lives, and they’ll be lying.”
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