Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-06-23 14:21:52 –
Dr. Anthony Fauci said the first delta mutant detected in India was the “greatest threat” to eliminate COVID-19 in the United States.
A top US infectious disease expert commented at a press conference held by the White House’s coronavirus response team on Tuesday.
“Good news: our vaccine is effective against delta mutants,” Fauci added later.
When explaining what we know about the delta variant, Forch said it is more infectious and causes more serious illness than the original coronavirus or the alpha variant first identified in the United Kingdom.
“Transmission is definitely higher than wild-type SARS-CoV-2 and alpha mutants,” Fauci said. “It is associated with increased severity of the disease, as reflected in hospitalization risk compared to alpha, and laboratory tests have shown that it is from previously infected and vaccinated individuals. Is associated with a modest reduction in serum neutralization. “
However, he states that the current vaccine remains effective against new strains of delta mutants and other viruses.
“In this case, the vaccine efficacy two weeks after the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech was 88% for delta and 93% for alpha when dealing with symptomatic disease,” he said. Fauci said.
Mr. Forch also commented that he did not expect the Biden administration to meet its goal of at least one vaccination of 70% of adults in the United States by July 4. He said the goal is unlikely to be achieved, but the numbers are not the final goal or the end. ..
“The end is far beyond that, with the ultimate goal of completely crushing outbreaks in the United States beyond July 4th in the summer and beyond,” Fauci said.
In addition to the new variants, Forch said the country’s under-vaccinated areas are some of the major obstacles to its emergence from a pandemic. He pointed out young people, especially those aged 18-26, who were not vaccinated.
“There are 16 states and the District of Columbia, with over 70% vaccination. Four states in the United States are vaccinated with less than 50. Therefore, between them, 50-70%. There are more than 30 states, and they are the individuals we need to focus on, “Forch said.
Fauci concludes his statement by saying that the United States has tools to control the outbreak of the coronavirus and that the country needs to use them.
See the full briefing below.