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….