Infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm warned on Monday of the inevitability of a new wave of coronavirus sweeping the United States.
“While vaccination is important, it’s obviously a critical part of our long-term game plan, we’re not going to have enough vaccine, the way we’re going, in the arms of enough people. ‘Americans over the next. six to ten weeks, with this surge, we’re going to stop it, ”Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told CNN’s Erin Burnett.
“It just won’t happen,” he added.
Osterholm had previously noted how some states, even with high vaccination rates, are now experiencing an increase in new infections every day.
As GOP-led states lift restrictions to curb the spread of the virus, new infections across the country have now peaked at around 65,000. It’s a detail that has troubled public health experts. Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and senior medical adviser to President Joe Biden, warned last week that “now is just not the time to step down and declare victory. premature ”.
Osterholm warned on Sunday that the next wave would more likely affect children, due to the prevalence of the more contagious B117 variant.
“Unlike previous strains of the virus, we didn’t often see children under eighth grade getting infected, or they weren’t very sick often,” he told the “Meet the Press” show. From NBC. “Children play a huge role in conveying this,” Osterholm added on Fox News.
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