Fauci says US headed in ‘incorrect route’ on coronavirus | Nation/World News
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) – The United States is in an “unnecessary predicament” of rising COVID-19 cases fueled by unvaccinated Americans and the virulent Delta variant, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert said Sunday.
“We’re going in the wrong direction,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, describing himself as “very frustrated”.
He said and recommended that the wearing of vaccinated masks be “actively screened” by leading government public health agencies. Booster injections may also be recommended for vaccinated people with weakened immune systems, Fauci said.
Fauci, who also serves as senior medical advisor to President Joe Biden, told CNN’s State of the Union that he was in talks about changing mask guidelines.
He noted that some local jurisdictions where infection rates are increasing, such as Los Angeles County, are already requiring individuals to wear masks in public regardless of vaccination status. Fauci said these local rules are consistent with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation that vaccinated people should not wear masks in public.
Nearly 163 million people, or 49% of the eligible US population, are vaccinated, according to CDC data.
“This is a problem mostly among the unvaccinated, and that’s why we’re out there practically asking the unvaccinated people to go out and get vaccinated,” said Fauci.
Fauci said government experts are reviewing the initial data to consider whether to recommend a booster vaccination to people who have been vaccinated. He suggested that some of the most at risk, such as organ transplant patients and cancer patients, are “likely” to be recommended for booster injections.
He also praised Republicans, including governments. Asa Hutchinson from Arkansas and Ron DeSantis from Florida, and Vice President of the House of Representatives, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, for encouraging voters to get vaccinated. Their states have some of the lowest vaccination rates in the country.
“What I’d really like to see is more and more leaders in these non-vaccinating areas go out and speak up and encourage people to get vaccinated,” said Fauci.
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