Fauci, who has categorically discouraged banning flights from the UK, said during an appearance on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ that US officials were right to demand proof of testing coronavirus negative for anyone entering the country from Britain.
Public health officials are looking at the new strain “very intensively now,” including questions such as “Does this make anyone sicker?” Is it a more serious virus in the sense of virulence? And the answer is, it doesn’t appear to be.
He added that while their British counterparts have expressed confidence that existing vaccines will also be effective against the new strain, “we will do the studies ourselves,” according to the AP.
“We’re getting isolates of it, making combinations of viruses, so we can test directly, get sera from people that we’ve vaccinated, and see if that still neutralizes this new strain, this mutant strain that comes from the UK, like as well as South Africa, ”he added. “There is a similar, but not quite the same type of mutation that we are seeing in South Africa.”
– State of the Union (@CNNSotu) December 27, 2020
Fauci declined to respond if it was a mistake not to demand negative tests from UK travelers earlier, telling CNN Dana BashDana Bash New Democratic House Members Avoid Questions Over Pelosi Vote As Lawmakers Urge Trump To Sign Stimulus Funding Plan As Government Shutdown Looms GOP Lawmaker Qualifies Allegations of Trump’s ‘scam’ election fraud MORE “Obviously, I think the decision to put some form of restriction on travel – and the restriction could either block travel altogether, which was decided not to. ”
‘But I think it’s safe and a good idea to do some form of testing, and not let someone fly from the UK unless they have a documented negative COVID-19 test. “, he added.