Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House chief medical adviser, cautioned that a more severe Covid variant could arise as the daily new case average in the United States has surpassed 100,000 per day, surpassing the pace of transmission last summer before vaccines were available. Fauci claimed the US might be “in peril” if a new version overtakes delta, which currently has a viral load 1,000 times higher than the original Covid strain, in an interview with McClatchy published Wednesday evening.
Delta has thrown the United States’ pandemic response into disarray, as it has proven capable of infecting even those who have been vaccinated. As the delta variety spreads, Moderna warned on Thursday that breakthrough infections will become more likely. Vaccines, on the other hand, continue to offer excellent protection against serious illness and death, and the vast majority of new illnesses occur among the unvaccinated.
On Monday and Tuesday, the United States surpassed 100,000 daily new cases in a separate metric from the average. Fauci told McClatchy, “If another one comes along that has an equally high capability of transmitting but is also much more severe, then we could really be in trouble. People who are not getting vaccinated mistakenly think it’s only about them. But it isn’t. It’s about everybody else, also.”