Center for Vaccine Development director Dr Peter Hotez said in MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports Monday that since COVID-19 vaccines became available, “150,000 unvaccinated Americans have lost their lives needlessly because they were provocative “.
Hotez said, “The problem, Chris, right now, the main component of the battle against Omicron in the United States is the same as the fight against Delta. By being boosted, you’ll not only have a 30-40-fold increase in virus neutralizing antibodies to keep you from getting the Delta variant or going to the hospital, but it’s likely, as Tony said, Dr Fauci said it, you’re going to have a ripple effect against the Omicron variant. I think that was an important message. The second part is to vaccinate the children.
He continued, “The third item, which he did not say but which was implied if you have been infected and recovered, you are still likely to be re-infected so you need to get vaccinated. You also need to be vaccinated. It actually will – there are studies that show that they will build resilience against variants, not only Delta but Omicron as well. “
Hotez added: “The main message is to get vaccinated. We’re not doing well. You only have 59% of the country fully vaccinated, which means two doses. I think only a fraction of this has three doses. We still have widespread mistrust of vaccines. Forty-one percent of the country has not received any vaccine. So we’re still – I mean, right now, the biggest worry in the United States is this next Delta wave coming in this winter, and remember what happened in our Delta wave over the summer. . Since June 1, we have lost, I calculate 150,000 Americans not vaccinated with COVID-19. As of June 1, 2021, 150,000 unvaccinated Americans have lost their lives needlessly because they were provocative. This will continue now with this new winter wave, be it Delta or Omicron.
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