World ‘Going to Get Worse’: Fauci Issues Urgent New Plea for People to Get Vaccines
As the pandemic wears on, some Americans could need booster shots
Some health officials now think a third shot could help older and immunocompromised people. Israel is already offering a third Pfizer shot for immunocompromised residents — though millions of Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip have yet to be vaccinated — and Pfizer has previously suggested that a booster shot could be needed in the US. Regulatory questions abound Though the US currently has tens of millions of surplus Covid-19 vaccine doses on hand, making a third Pfizer or Moderna shot available to millions of immunocompromised or elderly Americans likely won’t be a quick process.
on Sunday warned Americans that while he doesn’t expect the United States to return to the or stay-at-home restrictions that defined the first year of the , he believes “things are going to get worse” for the .
“We’re looking not, I believe, to lockdowns, but we’re looking to some pain and suffering in the future because we’re seeing the cases go up,” Fauci, the chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden, said in anon ABC’s This Week.
Fauci’s comments come after tweakedfrom the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends that even vaccinated people wear masks indoors in areas with high rates of coronavirus transmission. Such hot spots represent increasingly large swaths of the country, thanks in part to middling vaccination rates in southern states like Arkansas and Florida, but also to a national scourge of vaccine hesitancy.
Fauci says virus has 'peaked' for the vaccinated: 'We have two kinds of America'
Dr. Anthony Fauci said there seem to be "two kinds of America" as some people remain skeptical of COVID-19 vaccines even in the face of the more severe delta variant. The delta variant has ripped through the unvaccinated population in America, with Centers for Disease Control Director Rochelle Walensky claiming the variant is "spreading with incredible efficiency and now represents more than 83% of the virus circulating the United States.
While Florida set a new record of over 21,000 new cases in one day this past week, reclaiming its dubious distinction of pandemic precarity, cases are up across the country. Hospitalizations and deaths are lower than past heights, and vaccinated people remain overwhelmingly safe even from the Delta variant, but Fauci was speaking at a time when many Americans were fearful the new normal was already being yanked away from them.
Not surprisingly, in the interview with John Dickerson, he highlighted that the solution to the virus’ resurgence continues to be encouraging holdout Americans to get shots.
“We have 100 million people in this country, John, who are eligible to be vaccinated, who are not vaccinated,” Fauci said. “We’ve really got to get those people to change their minds, make it easy for them, convince them, do something to get them to be vaccinated, because they are the ones that are propagating this outbreak.”
Mandate the vaccine, not masks
Vaccines are the solution to Covid-19. Let’s make the most of them.With the rise of the delta variant and a rapid increase in Covid-19 cases, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling on vaccinated people to wear masks indoors again in places where the virus is quickly spreading. At least some school districts will likely require masks this fall. Local governments, from Massachusetts to California, are reviving mask mandates.
The rise in cases nationwide as a result of the spread of the Delta variant has, encouragingly, appeared to prompt at least a modest spike in vaccinations in some of the states that face the biggest outbreaks. Nearlyof eligible Americans have now received one dose of the vaccine and the nation is now administering around 650,000 doses per day,
Nationwide concern about the Delta variant took a more urgent tone this week after internal CDC documentsthe dominant strain spreads as easily as chickenpox, and that officials believed “the war has changed,” as the Washington Post . CDC data has just how dangerous the variant can be, with vaccinated people appearing to have similar viral loads as the unvaccinated, and possibly spreading it as easily as those who had not taken shots.
The difference, of course, is that the vaccinated continue to be broadly protected against severe illness and death from all forms of COVID-19. Despite ongoing hype about so-called breakthrough cases among the inoculated, unvaccinated people still account for the overwhelming majority of cases in the United States.
Vaccinated Americans are getting angry at holdouts
America's latest coronavirus wave, driven by the hyper-contagious Delta variant, has left vaccinated people seething at the unvaccinated for prolonging the pandemic and ensuring the return of restrictions rather than the carefree summer they were promised. "It's almost like they don't care about the rest of the world. They're being selfish and self-centered," Alethea Reed, a 58-year-old health care administrator in the capital Washington told AFP.
For his part, Fauci believes the new mask guidance is crucial in the event the vaccinated are in fact spreading the disease to the unvaccinated. He touted the efficacy of the shots, which experts broadly agree remain the best way to end this pandemic nightmare.
“So the vaccine is doing what you want it to do,” Fauci said. “It’s protecting people from getting sick.”
Fauci added that he was encouraged more Republican leaders seemed, if belatedly, to be taking part in the vaccination push given efforts on the far-right—sometimes by the same politicians—to undermine pandemic safety over the last 15 months.
“But I’m also gratified by seeing that even people who in the beginning were reluctant to promote vaccination are now doing it,” Fauci said. “I mean, people like Republicans like—like [Rep. Steve] Scalise or even Governor [Ron] DeSantis [of Florida] is talking about getting people vaccinated.”
As The Daily Beast reported, even as he touted the vaccine,as part of a secret anti-mask gathering. Still, with the numbers trending the way they are—and red-state governors having so much potential power to move the needle among the MAGA crowd—Fauci was apparently determined to stay positive.
Vaccines: Two centuries of scepticism .
Wariness and outright hostility to vaccines did not start with Covid-19, they date back to the 18th century when the first shots were given. - 1853: Mandatory shot - In Britain the smallpox vaccine became compulsory for children in 1853, making it the first-ever mandatory jab and triggering strong resistance. Opponents objected on religious grounds, raised concerns over the dangers of injecting animal products, and claimed individual freedoms were being infringed.A "conscience clause" was introduced in 1898 allowing sceptics to avoid vaccination.