In an interview with ABC’s This Week on Sunday, Dr Anthony Fauci said “an epidemic of the unvaccinated” had spurred a dramatic increase in the seven-day average of new COVID-19 infections in the states. -United.
“Things will get worse if you look at the acceleration in the number of cases, the seven-day average has increased dramatically,” Fauci said, explaining that some 100 million people eligible for COVID-19 jabs have not been inoculated.
“We are not looking, I believe, to lock down, but we are looking for pain and suffering in the future because we are seeing the cases increase,” he said, “this is the reason why we keep repeating once again, the solution to this is to get vaccinated and it would not happen. “
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COVID-19 vaccines have been available in the United States for months, and 60.4% of adults are considered fully vaccinated, according to data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
However, many people have not been vaccinated for a variety of reasons, including ideological and political views – and for weeks, health officials have desperately called for people to be vaccinated as the highly contagious Delta variant spreads. .
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the seven-day moving average of daily new cases in the United States rose from 30,887 on July 16 to 77,827 on July 30.
The seven-day moving average of new daily deaths in the country has increased over the same period from 253 on July 16 to 358 on July 30, although death reports are typically late weeks after infections and even longer. long after hospitalizations.
Amid the rise in infections, last week the CDC recommended that fully vaccinated Americans wear masks in indoor public spaces of COVID-19 hotspots. The agency said that in very rare cases, people who have been vaccinated can contract the virus and pass it on to others.
“With the Delta variant, vaccinating more Americans is now more urgent than ever,” CDC director Rochelle Walensky told reporters at a press briefing on July 27.
Several U.S. states are seeing an upsurge in infections, including Florida, which has become the country’s new coronavirus epicenter and reported its highest single-day total of new COVID-19 cases on Saturday with 21,683 new infections.
Florida now accounts for about a fifth of all new cases in the country.
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has resisted mask mandates and vaccine requirements, and with the state legislature, the ability of local officials to impose restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19 has been limited.
DeSantis on Friday banned school districts from forcing students to wear masks when class resumes next month – something the CDC recommended last week.
But the number of Americans getting vaccinated has started to rise again after declining for weeks.
“The good side of this is people are waking up and it can be a tipping point for those who have hesitated,” National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins told CNN’s State of the Union program on Sunday.
Collins said vaccinations had increased 56% in the past two weeks. “This is what desperately needs to happen if we are to put this Delta variant back in its place, because right now it’s having a pretty big party in the middle of the country,” she said.