WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) – The US health expert Anthony Fauci warns of the development of a new, even more dangerous variant of the corona virus if the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant is not contained. Fauci told NBC on Sunday: “If you allow the virus to circulate freely and don’t try to stop it, then sooner or later there is a chance that you will get another variant (…) that still could be more problematic than Delta. ” If the virus can spread and change further, there is a risk that a variant will develop in the end, ahead of which the current vaccines
– unlike Delta – would not offer any protection.
The pandemic must be brought under control, warned the prominent immunologist and presidential advisor. The best way to do this is to have vaccinations. Vaccination requirements at the local level would be helpful.
The director of the US research agency National Institutes of Health, Francis Collins, warned that vaccination requirements could make a difference. He told ABC on Sunday that the country was paying the “terrible price” for the fact that so many people were not vaccinated. Considerations to make vaccinations compulsory on a larger scale are the subject of heated political disputes in the USA.
Due to the spread of the delta variant, the number of new corona infections in the USA has risen sharply again – to around 100,000 cases on a seven-day average. The situation is particularly tense in countries with a low vaccination rate. In the second half of June, the seven-day average was around 11,000 new cases per day. The US last reported an average of 100,000 new infections every day in February.
According to the US health authority CDC, a good half of the entire population is now fully vaccinated. Almost 59 percent of all citizens have received at least one vaccine dose. After a rapid pace in the meantime, the vaccination campaign is now making slow progress in view of the widespread skepticism among the population. US President Joe Biden and senior government officials are increasingly desperate to appeal to the population to get vaccinated./jac/DP/jha