Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief infectious disease officer for the United States, predicts that America will soon see a sharp increase in cases of the highly infectious COVID-19 delta variant in areas with low vaccination rates.
Fauci, Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, has served under seven U.S. presidents since 1984 as head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” calling the resistance to vaccination in several states “sad” and “tragic.
Asked whether the Delta strain is more deadly than others and whether it could cause a spike in infections, Fauci said the virus “will be regional,” spreading in states with low vaccination rates. “We’re going to see almost two types of America,” he said. – You know, there are those regions of America that are highly vaccinated, and they’re (seeing) low infection rates. And in some places, some states, some cities, some areas where the vaccination rate is low and the spread of the virus is high – that’s where you’re going to see spikes.” Fauci told NBC that of the nearly 10,000 U.S. citizens who died from the coronavirus in June, about 99.2 percent were not vaccinated. “There is no perfect vaccine. But most of the deaths and hospitalizations were avoidable and preventable,” Fauci concluded.
Resistance to vaccination is particularly strong among Republicans, with a joint Washington Post-ABC News poll released Sunday showing that compared to 86 percent of Democrats, only 45 percent of Republicans have received at least one dose of the vaccine in the United States. The same poll showed that one-third of American adults who have not been vaccinated are not going to get it. Nearly three-quarters of respondents said officials such as Fauci exaggerate the risks associated with the Delta option. Slightly more than three-quarters believe they have little or no risk of COVID-19 infection.
The Biden administration continues to publicize the success of its vaccination campaign, with the White House reporting that 66.8 percent of U.S. adults and 54.6 percent of all Americans received at least one dose by the first of July.
Despite this high vaccination rate, more than 605,000 people in the U.S. have already died from the coronavirus. On Sunday, the U.S. administration held an Independence Day – Fourth of July celebration at the White House with nearly a thousand guests. Unvaccinated invitees were told they needed to wear a mask, but this was a recommendation, not a mandatory directive. As a result, a large proportion of the guests showed up at the event, during which President Joe Biden personally handed out hamburgers to invitees, without masks.