Fauci says he expects no new U.S. lockdowns regardless of surging Delta circumstances By Reuters

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, makes an opening statement during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee hearing to discuss the ongoing federal response to COVID-19.

By Sarah N. Lynch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden’s senior medical advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Sunday he doesn’t expect the United States to be re-locked from the Delta variant despite the growing risks of COVID-19 infections.

“I don’t think we’ll see lockdowns,” said Fauci, who is also the director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, on ABC’s This Week.

“I think we have enough of the percentage of people in the country – not enough to quell the outbreak – but I think enough not to get us into the situation we were in last winter.”

While Fauci disagrees with the United States having to close again, as it did last year, he warned on ABC that “things will get worse” as the Delta variant spreads further.

“We have 100 million people in this country who can and cannot get vaccinated,” he said.

The average number of new cases reported daily has nearly doubled in the past 10 days, and the number of hospital patients in many states is increasing, according to a Reuters analysis. https://tmsnrt.rs/2WTOZDR

At the same time, the number of Americans vaccinated has increased. (Graphic for worldwide vaccinations) https://tmsnrt.rs/3tUM8ta

“The silver lining is that people are waking up and this could be a turning point for those who have hesitated,” Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, told CNN on Sunday. “That has to happen urgently if we want to put this Delta variant back in its place, because at the moment it is celebrating a pretty big party in the middle of the country.”

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