Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday said the US is “turning the corner” in the latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic — but warned that case numbers could start climbing again if more people don’t get vaccinated.
“We certainly are turning the corner on this particular surge,” the White House’s chief medical adviser said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“But we have experienced over now close to 20 months of surges that go up and then come down and then go back up again. The way to keep it down, to make that turnaround continue to go down, is to do what we mentioned: Get people vaccinated.”
Fauci, who is the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said unvaccinated Americans are keeping the country in the “danger zone.”
“When you have 70 million people in the country who are eligible to be vaccinated who are not however vaccinated, that’s the danger zone right there,” he said. “So it’s within our capability to make sure that that turnaround that we’re seeing — that very popular and optimistic turnaround — continues to go down and doesn’t do what we’ve seen multiple times before, where it goes down and then it comes back up.”
Fauci said it was “very painful” to mirror on the more than 700,000 Americans who have died from the virus.
“Many of those deaths were unavoidable, but many, many … were avoidable and will in the future be avoidable,” Fauci said in a separate interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“The number itself is staggering. … But hopefully, that will then stimulus us to realize that we do have interventions in the form of a vaccine to prevent infection to prevent harsh disease to prevent death.
“So, when you see a [fatality] number like this, I would hope people will say well, ‘We have a tool to not let that get any worse, let’s utilize it.’”
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