The United States is unlikely to be sent back into lockdown despite a surge in Covid-19 cases stemming from the Delta variant, top US scientist Anthony Fauci said Sunday.
A sufficient percentage of Americans have now been vaccinated to avoid lockdowns, Fauci said on ABC’s “This Week”. “Not enough to crush the outbreak, but I believe enough to not allow us to get into the situation we were in last winter,” he said. The average number of new coronavirus cases reported nationwide has nearly doubled in the past 10 days, according to a Reuters analysis.
Even if states do not resort to lockdowns again, the spread of the Delta variant could still threaten the economy. Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the Delta variant was “creating a bunch of caution” among millions of out-of-work Americans and could slow the U.S. labor market recovery.
The surge in Delta variant cases is also causing panic in other parts of the world. Parts of Asia that were previously relatively successful in containing COVID-19, such as the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, are now locking down hot spots.
While vaccines remain scarce in much of the world, they are freely available to anyone 12 years or older in the United States. “We have 100 million people in this country who are eligible to be vaccinated who are not getting vaccinated,” said Fauci, who is also director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
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