Author: JOSH BOOK
WILMINGTON, Delaware (AP) – The COVID-19 omicron variant is “just raging around the world,” the White House chief medical adviser said Sunday, and President Joe Biden plans to give “a strong warning about what winter will look like. like “for unvaccinated Americans.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert, told NBC Meet the Press that the “real problem” of the US hospital system is that “we have so many people in this country who are eligible for the vaccine, but didn’t do it. ” were also vaccinated. “
The prospect of a winter chilled by a wave of coronavirus infections is a major departure from the optimism Biden projected about 10 months ago when he suggested at CNN’s mayor’s office that the country would, in fact, be back to normal by this Christmas. Biden tried not to promise too much, but credibility in the country was eroded by an unrelenting wave of COVID-19 mutations and variations that left many Americans emotionally drained, depressed and worried about infections.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, tried to defend an earlier presidential pledge in a separate Sunday interview with CNN’s State of the Union.
“The idea of hoping and striving to become independent from the virus after a certain period of time is understandable and reasonable,” said Fauci. “But the only thing we know from nearly two years of experience with this virus is that it is indeed very unpredictable.”
However, the president appears to be stuck in a potentially stuck in a negative feedback loop, as there is a risk that infections could exacerbate the supply chain problems facing the United States and fuel inflation. Gov. Jared Polis, Colorado, told NBC that Biden should stop talking about vaccinations as two shots and a booster, and instead call it the “three doses” needed for maximum protection.
Polis turned to inflation, which has been at nearly four decades, saying Biden needs to show the country how he is tackling this particular issue as part of his upcoming comments on the omicron option.
“We can do very specific things that actually cut costs for Americans,” Polis said, noting that Colorado is cutting vehicle registration fees and making new business registrations free.
The administration expects a series of breakthrough infections with an influx of holidaymakers. Fauci said most people who have been vaccinated and boosted should be fine as long as they take precautions such as wearing masks at all times in crowded places like airports.
Biden is scheduled to speak Tuesday on the status of the fight against COVID-19 and discuss government assistance to communities in need of assistance, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Twitter. The president will also warn of the risks to those Americans who “choose to remain unvaccinated.”
Fauci was asked on CNN if he expects a record number of cases – and what about hospitalizations and deaths. “Yes, well, unfortunately. I think it will happen, ”he said.
Fauci told NBC that the president will again urge people to get booster shots, highlight the increased availability of testing, discuss “emergency teams” for besieged hospitals, and explain how important it is to provide vaccines to the rest of the world.
“The only thing that is very clear, and there is no doubt about it, is its extraordinary ability to disseminate, its ability to transmit. It’s actually just raging around the world, Fauci said. “And if you look even here in the United States, you have some regions that start with a few percent of isolates that are positive, and now go up to 30%, 40%, and sometimes even 50%.”
Psaki’s announcement on Saturday came after Vice President Kamala Harris told the Los Angeles Times that the Biden administration was “not expecting a delta.” I think that most of the scientists – on whose advice and guidance we relied on – did not see the delta approximation. ” She added: “We have not seen the omicron approach. This is the nature of this terrible virus, which, as it turns out, has mutations and variants. “
The vice president’s words raised doubts about the administration’s strategy to tackle the pandemic. Biden actually declared independence from the virus at a White House celebration on July 4 to mark progress in vaccinations in the United States, however, the global nature of the pandemic meant the disease could develop as other people around the world await immunizations.
Fauci told NBC that he saw options to come and thought Harris’ statement was “taken out of context,” adding that he believed she was referring to “an extraordinary number of mutations … especially with the omicron.” Nobody expected this, but we were well prepared and expected to see options. “