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President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser has warned that “things will get worse” as the Delta variant of coronavirus flows through the US, though he is unlikely to return to last year’s closures.
“If you look at the acceleration in the number of cases, the average of seven days has risen significantly,” said Anthony Fauci, who warned that the country was “seeing an outbreak of the non-vaccinated.”
“We have 100 million people in this country who are eligible to be vaccinated, who have not been vaccinated,” Fauci told CBS.
“We really need to change these people’s minds, make it easy for them, convince them, do something to get vaccinated, because they are the ones spreading this outbreak.”
His comments come as concerns about the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant in the US have risen, while the rate of vaccine uptake has slowed in recent weeks.
New cases reach more than 60,000 a day, the highest level since April, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Delta tribe is said to account for more than 80 percent of the cases.
The incidence of Covid-19 in vaccines remains very low, and vaccines in the vast majority of cases help to keep symptoms mild. But the CDC said there are signs that people who are vaccinated by the Delta variant are sick, just as high as those who are vaccinated at, indicating that they are likely to pass it on.
The CDC released last week new guidelines even vaccinated people are advised to wear masks indoors in areas where the transmission of viruses is high.
On Thursday, Joe Biden announced that all federal workers who are not fully vaccinated must wear a mask at work.
But some Republican civil servants have resisted introducing new precautions, even as the number of cases in their states increases. Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed an executive order rejecting mask mandates in schools, promising there would be “no locks.”
According to data from the CDC, Florida reported 21, 683 new cases on Friday, the most in a single day since the onset of the pandemic. It has recorded more new cases than any other state — double the number in second-place Texas — and is now responsible for about one in five new infections in the United States.
In Texas, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has also banned local and state agencies from drafting vaccines, even as the average number of cases increases.
Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, appeared on Fox News on Sunday to warn that the Delta variant is “extremely contagious” and reaches “very high levels” in Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana.
“We are now again seeing the number of cases per day at 100,000, which we have not seen since February,” Collins said, urging people to be vaccinated.
“If you have not been vaccinated yet, the evidence is now overwhelming,” Collins said. ‘There are so many things you are not going to do easily if you are not vaccinated. Companies are starting to require it. ”
“Let’s just get off the fence, move forward and be part of the winning team that is taking this Delta away here,” he added.