Anthony Fauci on Wednesday urged Americans to get vaccinated to stop the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 virus first discovered in India, which currently accounts for 6% of infections in the United States.
Why is it important: The UK has seen an explosion of new cases due to this variant, which is now the dominant strain and may be linked to increased disease severity.
- United kingdom mentioned 7,540 new cases Wednesday, a significant increase due to the spread of the virus among unvaccinated young people.
- Evidence suggests that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are highly effective against the variant, a fact Fauci cited to underscore the urgent need for more Americans to get vaccinated.
what does he say: “We can’t prematurely declare victory because there are still so many people who haven’t been vaccinated,” Fauci said Wednesday on CNN.
- “We don’t want to allow what is currently happening in the United States to happen in the United States, where there is a disturbing variable that is basically taking over the dominant variant,” he continued.
- “We have something we can do to do that by vaccinating people, because we have very, very good vaccines.”
The Big Picture: The frequency of immunizations in the United States decreased last week, and there was a 13% decrease in vaccinations compared to the previous week, according to Washington Post.
- In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is planning to halt his plans to fully reopen the business on June 21 due to the additional increase, according to the Washington Post.
- President Biden also sounded the alarm about the situation in the UK and urged young Americans to get vaccinated. “If you are young and have not had your chance yet, now is the time. It is the best way to protect yourself and those you love,” Biden wrote in a tweet Tuesday evening.