Why Dr. Fauci Says ‘We Cannot Let’ the Delta Coronavirus Variant Spread in the U.S.


Sumary of Why Dr. Fauci Says ‘We Cannot Let’ the Delta Coronavirus Variant Spread in the U.S.:

  • The Delta coronavirus variant, first identified in India, could spread in the U.S., Anthony Fauci, M.D., said in a White House press briefing this week..
  • But Dr. Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also explained how getting fully vaccinated can provide significant protection..
  • And, as Dr. Fauci said in the briefing, this variant is now overtaking Alpha, previously known as B.1.1.7 and first identified in the U.K..
  • Thankfully, the COVID-19 vaccines appear to still be generally effective against both of these concerning variants—especially when people are fully vaccinated..
  • Dr. Fauci pointed to a recent study published on the preprint server MedRxiv, which found that a single dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech and AstraZeneca vaccines showed significantly reduced effects against the Delta and Alpha variants..
  • But the Pfizer vaccine was about 88% effective against the Delta variant and the AstraZeneca was about 60% effective after both doses….

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