As Covid-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations among the unvaccinated continue to rise in the United States, top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci stated that the country is “going in the wrong direction,” according to media reports.
“If you look at the inflection of the curve of new cases, that it is among the unvaccinated. And since we have 50 per cent of the country is not fully vaccinated, that’s a problem,” Fauci was quoted as saying to CNN on Sunday.
The majority of deaths could be, thus, among the unvaccinated, Fauci said.
“So it really is, as (Rochelle) Walensky (Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has said many times and I have said, it is really a pandemic among the unvaccinated, so this is an issue predominantly among the unvaccinated, which is the reason why we’re out there, practically pleading with the unvaccinated people to go out and get vaccinated,” said the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden
Fauci’s warning comes as the dangerous Delta variant of Covid-19, which has spread to 124 countries, is now sweeping across the United States.
Health officials are urging Americans to get vaccinated in order to help slow the spread of the virus.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, every state in the United States reported more Covid-19 cases in the week ending July 23 than the previous week.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, thirty states have yet to fully vaccinate at least half of their residents (CDC).
According to the report, the daily average of people becoming fully vaccinated was the lowest it had been since the end of January as of July 23.
Meanwhile, the CDC is considering revising its Covid-19 guidelines to recommend that even fully vaccinated people wear masks in public, according to Fauci.
He mentioned that in some areas where infection rates are on the rise, people are already being encouraged to wear masks in public, regardless of vaccination status.
According to the most recent update from Johns Hopkins University on Monday, the United States remains the worst-affected country, with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 34,443,064 and 610,891, respectively.
The recent surges have been blamed on low vaccination rates and the accelerating spread of the Delta variant, according to health experts.