In the face of 750,000 new cases a day, the US expert warns that the Omikron variant will affect almost everyone – including those who have been vaccinated.
the essentials in brief
- In the United States, an average of 750,000 new cases have been reported in the past seven days.
- Expert Fauci now warns that the Omikron variant will hit everyone.
- It will not be so difficult for vaccinated people, they hardly have to go to the hospital.
According to leading US expert Anthony Fauci, the extremely contagious omicron variant of the corona virus will sooner or later affect almost everyone. “With the extraordinary and unparalleled effectiveness of the transmission, Omikron will ultimately find almost everyone.” The immunologist and presidential adviser said on Tuesday (local time).
Vaccinated people would also get infected, but most of them would not have it that hard, so they would not have to be hospitalized or would not die, Fauci said in an interview with the think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). The worst will be those who are still not vaccinated, said Fauci.
In the United States, only 208 million people, or just under 63 percent of the population, are fully vaccinated. Only 76 million people have received a booster vaccination so far.
Fauci’s testimony came just hours after a similar warning from acting chief of the US FDA, Janet Woodcock. “It is difficult to process what is actually happening at the moment, namely that most people will get Covid,” Woodcock told Omikron at a hearing in the US Senate. “We have to make sure that the hospitals are still working, that transportation and other essential services are not interrupted while this is happening.”
CDC director Rochelle Walensky said at the hearing that Omikron is “driving the case numbers to unprecedented heights here in the United States and around the world.” According to CDC data, there have been around 750,000 confirmed new infections per day in the USA over the past seven days.
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