The US leading infectious diseases expert says the deaths of some 100,000 people by December is “predictable but preventable,” further promoting a booster shot for Americans’ vaccinated eight months ago.
“We’re still planning on eight months,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said. “That was the calculation we made [and] this roll out will start on the week of 20 September. That’s the plan that we have, but we are open to data as they come in. This will have to go through the FDA process and then the advisory committee on immunisation practices that advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]. So right now, we’re sticking with eight but we’re totally open to any variation in that based on the data.”
The official death toll from Covid-19 is currently at almost 637,000 in the United States.
“What is going on now is both entirely predictable and entirely preventable,” said the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to US President Joe Biden. “We know we have the wherewithal with vaccines to turn this around, and the reason the numbers are so alarming is that we have about 80 million people in this country who are eligible to be vaccinated who are not yet vaccinated.”
Fauci further repeated previous claims that the US is going to control the pandemic “at least” on its soil.
“We have within our power the wherewithal to really suppress this outbreak, at least in the US. We want to do it globally, and we’re playing an important role in that. But with regard to the United States, if we really got the overwhelming majority of those 80 million vaccinated, you would see a dramatic turnaround in the dynamics of the outbreak. So, it really is up to us. We have the power to do it. We just need to do it.”
Fauci further vowed that the US could defeat the coronavirus if the rest of the nation also get fully vaccinated.
“We could turn this thing around and we can do it efficiently and quickly if we could just get those people vaccinated. It’s so important that people in this crisis put aside any ideological and political differences and just get vaccinated.”