Anthony Fauci warned the pandemic will worsen as the Delta variant spreads.
“Things are going to get worse,” he said according to ABC’s “This Week.” “If you look at the acceleration of the number of cases, the seven-day average has gone up substantially.”
The chief medical adviser to the president blames a new wave of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus on vaccine hesitancy.
“We have 100 million people in this country who are eligible to be vaccinated [and] who are not getting vaccinated,” he said according to the broadcaster. “We are seeing an outbreak of the unvaccinated.”
The Democrat believes unvaccinated people are more prone to the deadly disease because they have no extra protection.
“From the standpoint of illness, hospitalization, suffering and death, the unvaccinated are much more vulnerable because the vaccinated are protected from severe illness, for the most part,” he said.
He then claimed every American that refuses to be immunized is preventing the United States from returning to normality.
“When you look at the country as a whole and getting us back to normal, the unvaccinated–by not being vaccinated–are allowing the propagation and the spread of the outbreak which ultimately impacts everybody,” he said.
Fauci does not expect there will be further state or municipal level restrictions to help contain the deadly disease.
“I do not think we are going to see lockdowns,” he said according to the Business Insider. “We are looking not, I believe, to lockdown but we are looking to some pain and suffering in the future because we are seeing the cases go up.”
This is because the nation already has enough people vaccinated against the CCP virus.
“I think we have enough of the percentage of people in the country–not enough to crush the outbreak–but I believe enough to not allow us to get into the situation we were in last winter,” he said according to the publication.
NEW: White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci tells @jonkarl, “things are going to get worse,” as COVID-19 cases surge with delta variant.— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) August 1, 2021
“The solution to this is get vaccinated and this would not be happening.” https://t.co/Vs9wGhlqCj pic.twitter.com/TIWImK2k0u
According to a New York Times database recorded infections jumped 148%, hospitalizations 73%, and deaths 13% in the past 14 days, mostly due to the Delta strain.
The increase in cases prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to formally recommend that even fully vaccinated Americans must wear face masks indoors–especially where the CCP virus has spread widely.
Researchers recently discovered the amount of virus in the nose of vaccinated people, who had breakthrough infections, was the same as those who were unvaccinated. This suggests vaccinated people can also spread the virus.
On updated mask guidance for fully vaccinated people, Dr. Anthony Fauci tells @jonkarl, “that has much more to do with transmission.”— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) August 1, 2021
“We know that vaccinated, asymptomatic, mildly symptomatic people who are infected can spread the infection.” https://t.co/nMNCqjID0Y pic.twitter.com/aJevdJZq8C
President Joe Biden announced a new vaccine policy for all federal employees and onsite contractors. They are required to “attest to their vaccination status.” Anyone, who is not fully vaccinated, must wear a mask at work regardless of location or social distance. They also have to be tested once or twice a week.
The new guidance and president’s admission that “in all probability,” the country will see new guidance and restrictions from the surge, has enraged some Republican governors. Doug Ducey (Arizona) and Ron DeSantis (Florida) believe people should make their own medical decisions about face masks and vaccines.
On pushback over the new vaccination rules for federal workers, Transportation Sec. @PeteButtigieg tells @jonkarl the decision is “about protecting lives.”— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) August 1, 2021
“It’s also important for our federal workforce to lead by example.” https://t.co/nMNCqjID0Y pic.twitter.com/EUjYSzwj9K
Dr. Fauci on pushback against mask requirements, individual rights: “The fact is, if you get infected, even if you are without symptoms, you very well may infect another person who may be vulnerable,.. So in essence, you are encroaching on their individual rights.” pic.twitter.com/R7aSX0JUPh— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) August 1, 2021