If you haven’t yet gotten vaccinated, the evidence is overwhelming. Let’s get off the fence, move forward and be part of the winning team that gets this delta out of here. — Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health
If you haven’t yet gotten vaccinated, the evidence is overwhelming. Let’s get off the fence, move forward and be part of the winning team that gets this delta out of here. — Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health
Fauci says shutdowns probably won’t return, despite more ‘suffering’ ahead from delta variant
At the beginning of the summer, many Americans sighed with relief, thinking the worst of the coronavirus pandemic was over. But as the delta variant of the virus surges nationwide, fears about returning to the dark days of shutdowns have also spread.

But shutdowns probably will not return, despite more “pain and suffering” on the horizon, Anthony S. Fauci, the White House’s chief medical adviser, said Sunday during an interview on ABC’s “This Week.”

“I don’t think we’re going to see lockdowns. 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,” said Fauci, who is also the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

“But things are going to get worse,” he warned, noting the accelerating rise of new cases and seven-day averages.


The resumption of normal activities, lifting of protective measures, gathering of people and traveling for summer holidays, mixed with vaccine hesitancy, have led to a surge in infections of the highly transmissible delta variant, along with a rise in the number of hospitalizations and deaths nationwide.

... While acknowledging the dangers of the new outbreak, Fauci remained optimistic about avoiding stricter measures including shutdowns.

“We are looking not I believe to lockdowns, but we are looking to some pain and suffering in the future because we are seeing the cases go up,” he said.

Fauci reiterated the importance of vaccinations in stemming the spread of the coronavirus, which can cause the disease covid-19, and he said those who refuse to get inoculated are responsible for the recent spread of the delta variant.

“We have 100 million people in this country who are eligible to be vaccinated who are not getting vaccinated. We are seeing an outbreak of the unvaccinated,” he told “This Week” co-anchor Jonathan Karl.

Fauci said unvaccinated people have a much higher chance of becoming infected and are vulnerable to getting severe illness that could lead to hospitalization and in some cases death.

“Which is the reason we keep saying over and over, the solution to this is get vaccinated and this would not be happening,” he added.

Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, joined Fauci’s plea for more Americans to get vaccinated.

“If you haven’t yet gotten vaccinated, the evidence is overwhelming,” Collins said in an interview with “Fox News Sunday.” “Let’s get off the fence, move forward and be part of the winning team that gets this delta out of here.”
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