As much as we may want or need an effective vaccine to fight COVID-19, we can’t count on it, according to Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Speaking to a U.S. Senate committee Tuesday, Fauci said:
“It’s extremely important to have safe and effective vaccines available for everyone in this country…”
But he then added, “…there is no guarantee … we’ll have a safe and effective vaccine.”
Fauci admitted that researchers are hopeful not only that a vaccine is possible, but also that it will be available to the public by next year. Until then, he urged that Americans continue to work together to fight off the virus. He said the number of U.S. cases of the coronavirus eventually could reach 100,000 per day, doubling from their present average.
“I can’t make an accurate prediction, but it’s going to be very disturbing. I will guarantee you that, because when you have an outbreak in one part of the country, even though in other parts of the country they’re doing well, they are vulnerable…. We are now having 40,000-plus new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around, and so I am very concerned.”
The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 stands at over 126,000 people, after doubling in at least 10 states in June. Los Angeles, California, has been especially hard hit, with officials reporting nearly 3,000 new cases on Monday.
COVID-19 infections have risen in several states, including California, Texas, Florida and Arizona. Government officials are scrambling to find new ways to deal with the pandemic. They have blamed the surges on younger people who fail to wear face masks and practice social distancing. Officials are especially worried that the July 4 celebrations will cause infections to spike, as people gather in large groups and remain in prolonged contact on beaches and campgrounds.
Also at the Senate hearing was Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who said Americans must take personal responsibility to help stop the spread of the virus.
“Specifically, I’m addressing the younger members of our society, the Millennials and the Generation Zs.”
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