Dr Anthony Fauci warned on Tuesday that the dangerous Indian variant COVID-19 could become the most dominant strain in the United States – as the mutation quickly spread to younger people in Britain.
The White House chief medical adviser said he feared the so-called Delta variant, B1.617.2, could overtake the highly contagious variant in the UK, known as B117, in the country – a worrying prospect we must prevent.
“We cannot allow this to happen in the United States, which is such a powerful argument … to get vaccinated,” Fautsi said at a White House COVID-19 working group briefing on Tuesday.
The infectious disease expert said the exact situation was already developing beyond the lake.
In the United Kingdom, the Delta option is rapidly emerging as the dominant option, [accounting for] over 60 percent. It replaces B117, “he warned.
“When we talk to their health authorities, the transmission reaches its highest frequency in the younger group of 12 to 20-year-olds – mainly the group we are concerned about here to ensure that they are vaccinated,” he added. .
Currently, the Delta option accounts for about 6 percent of cases in the United States, Fauzi said.
His warning comes as the Biden administration faces criticism for the existence of millions of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 shots at risk of running out by the end of the month, the Wall Street Journal reported.
However, the White House defended the possibility of wasted doses.
“It’s unrealistic to expect that no dose will go to waste,” said Andy Slavit, a senior adviser to Biden’s coronavirus response team.
“You choose your equity instead of making sure you don’t lose a single dose. These are values that we have continued to prioritize – speed and justice as the most important things, and this means that there will inevitably be situations in which this will happen again now, “he added.
Currently, at least 63 percent of adults over the age of 18 in the United States have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
However, President Biden has set a goal of reaching a 70 percent threshold by July 4th.
So far, only 13 states have reached this milestone – with Washington becoming the last to join the list over the weekend.