Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease specialist, warned again Thursday of complacency in the battle against COVID-19 as he expressed concern over the “extremely high” level of new infections daily in the United States.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and senior medical adviser to President Joe Biden, noted to CNN’s Anderson Cooper the current decline in deaths and hospitalizations from the coronavirus.
“But the number that’s worrying, Anderson, is the number of cases each day,” he said. “When we had the great peak that we have discussed so many times that went well up to two to three hundred thousand cases or more a day, then it came back. But now it is leveling off at a worrying level. “
The daily rate of new infections is currently around 60,000 people.
“When you’re at that level, there’s a risk of a comeback,” Fauci warned. “So the way we see it now, it’s almost a race between getting people vaccinated and this wave that seems to want to increase and do what is happening, for example in Europe where there are now outbreaks that are really quite alarming.
Between three and four million people now receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States each day, Fauci noted, with more than a third of the population having received at least the first dose.
“So if we could just, as I have said so many times, stay a little longer so that every day more and more people in the millions get vaccinated to the point where we have enough people vaccinated so that the risk of this surge will decrease dramatically, ”Fauci said.
It was now a question of distributing vaccines and “not to go back on public health measures”, he added. “Now is not the time, as I have said so many times, to declare victory prematurely. Here again we have a considerable risk that we must deal with. “
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