Fauci describes the Delta variant as the “greatest threat” to eradicating the COVID-19 pandemic

Fauci describes the Delta variant as the “greatest threat” to eradicating the COVID-19 pandemic


The US expert on infectious diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci said the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus is the “greatest threat” to eradicating the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fauci said the Delta variant now accounts for more than 20 percent of all new cases in the US, almost doubling from nearly 10 percent two weeks ago.

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The US expert on infectious diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci said the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus is the “greatest threat” to eradicating the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fauci said the Delta variant now accounts for more than 20 percent of all new cases in the US, almost doubling from nearly 10 percent two weeks ago.

“The transferability of the Delta variant is undoubtedly higher than the original variant of COVID-19,” said Fauci, adding that “it is linked to increased disease severity.”

The Delta variant will become the world’s dominant version of the disease, said the chief scientist of the World Health Organization on Friday.

More than 150 million people in the United States, or more than 45 percent of the population, are fully vaccinated, according to federal data last updated Monday.

Fauci said the vaccines approved in the United States, including the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, are effective against the new variant of COVID-19.

The Delta variant contributed to a severe COVID-19 outbreak in India in the ril and May that overwhelmed the country’s health services, killing hundreds of thousands.

The Delta variant recently became the dominant strain in the UK, outperforming the Alpha variant first discovered in the country. The strain accounts for more than 90 percent of the new cases and has delayed the planned reopening of the UK.

The transferability of the Delta variant is undoubtedly higher than that of the wild-type SARS-CoV2 as well as the alpha variant, said Fauci, adding that it is associated with increased disease severity, which is caused by the compared to the alpha variant Reflects hospitalization risk.

(With contributions from agencies)

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