White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci doesn’t believe lockdowns are likely to return, however.
White House medical adviser Dr Anthony Fauci is warning that amid the surging Delta variant “things are going to get worse” in the US. During the course of the pandemic, he ushered in legislative bans on vaccine passports as well as a provision that allows the legislature and governor’s office to invalidate local health orders if they “unnecessarily restricts a constitutional right, fundamental liberty, or statutory right.” He’s also threatened to call for a special session to black any national mask mandate for students.
“We’re looking not, I believe, to lockdown but we’re looking to some pain and suffering in the future because we’re seeing the cases go up, which is the reason why we keep saying over and over again: The solution to this is get vaccinated and this would not be happening,” he told ABC News on Sunday.
“There are some breakthrough infections among vaccinated ― we expect that because no vaccine is 100% effective ― but in the breakthrough infections they are mostly mild or without symptoms,” he added. “Whereas the unvaccinated, who have a much, much, much greater chance of getting infected in the first place, are the ones that are vulnerable to getting severe illness that may lead to hospitalization, and in some cases death.”
The number of average new weekly cases has risen by more than six times between June and July, from 11,473 to 72,493 as of this Sunday, according to the CDC.
And nowhere is worse off than Florida, now the national epicenter of the epidemic.
On Sunday, it broke its previous record for coronavirus hospitalizations, which it set last summer well before vaccines had been developed, with 10,207 hospitalizations confirmed.
The state is also leading the nation in per capita hospitalizations, and averaging 1,525 people in Covid beds per day.
Florida doctors said this week they’re “angry and ashamed” over state governor Ron DeSantis’s response to the resurgent coronavirus. The high profile Republican has repeatedly criticized federal public health guidance and vowed not to institute new lockdowns or mask mandates, even as the state becomes the national epicenter of the virus, with the Delta variant ravaging the unvaccinated segments of its population.
“While hospitals in our state were filling up, DeSantis was shouting about ‘Freedom over Faucism,’” Bernard Ashby, a Miami cardiologist who leads the state’s Committee to Protect Health Care, told WLRN. “If DeSantis were as concerned about stopping COVID-19 spread as he was about coming up with these clever jabs about Dr. Fauci, we might not be in this position.”