Anthony Fauci urged Americans to keep getting vaccinated when he warned that a dangerous new variant of COVID would become the dominant strain in the United States.
The chief doctor of the White House warned of the so-called "Delta" variant, a variety that was first noticed in India.
Fauci said the new Indian variant could overtake the highly contagious British variant known as B117 during a COVID-19 task force briefing from the White House.
"We cannot allow this in the United States, which is such a strong argument to get vaccinated," he said.
"Fortunately, two doses of the Pfizer vaccine and AstraZeneca appear to be effective against the 'Delta' variant," he said.
Fauci shows on a slide how the Covid variant Delta (born India) has overtaken the variant Alpha (born UK) in Great Britain. “It essentially takes over,” he warns.
“We can't allow that to happen in the US,” he says.
Delta already accounts for 6% of the cases sequenced in the US, he says. pic.twitter.com/22yfQCcxsz
– Josh Wingrove (@josh_wingrove) June 8, 2021
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Fauci calls for vaccinations to combat the new variant of COVID
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Fauci's push to get Americans vaccinated to fight the new variants of COVID comes because the Biden government tried to get 70 percent of Americans to get at least one vaccination.
"By July 4th we will reach 70 percent of the population, the adult population," predicted a self-confident Fauci in an interview with Live! with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest.
The number of daily vaccinations is on the decline, however, falling from an average of three million per day in April to less than 1.5 million per day today.
TODAY presenter Savannah Guthrie asked CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky on whether the current pace is enough to meet the president's goal or whether a boost is needed.
Walensky seemed distracting, saying she assumed the incentives "will hit (people) where they are".
Fauci's comments seem to suggest that yes, a nudge is needed.
Dr. Fauci is a mainstream media creation in many ways.
Now they are doing his dirty work and protecting him from criticism, which rightly comes from the publication of his emails. pic.twitter.com/7TvkKo2WlI
– MP Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) June 8, 2021
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Fauci under fire
It remains to be seen whether Americans will accept the impetus for vaccination due to a new variant of COVID based on Fauci's advice or whether they have lost confidence in him because of the recent revelations.
News reports have shown that the government is taking a theory that the pandemic originated from a leak in a Wuhan laboratory much more seriously, a theory that Fauci has downplayed for many months.
The news led to at least one lawmaker demanding that he testify in front of Congress about the origin of COVID.
Never forget: Fauci was silent while the media phoned Republican conspiracy theorists for saying COVID may have leaked from the Wuhan lab, even though he knew he privately emailed about the very possibility.
He has to testify. pic.twitter.com/7Bm5Mw31f1
– Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) June 7, 2021
Newly unearthed emails also reveal Fauci's different views on COVID.
In an email, Fauci talks about surgical masks many Americans have worn for over a year because of his advice, and downplays their effectiveness before recommending them as the primary measure against COVID.
In recent months, Fauci has suggested wearing two masks was just "common sense".
Stop wearing your masks folks pic.twitter.com/QkKqFKMIOS
– Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) June 2, 2021
In another, he asked a deputy of his representative to review an attachment allegedly relating to Ralph Baric, a US-based virologist who worked with the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Fauci had testified that Baric was not involved in researching the gain of function. The file was titled: "Baric, Shi, et al – Nature Medicine – SARS Gain of Function.pdf."
#Thread Full Tucker Carlson Monologue on Dr. Fauci's emails
"Are there any criminal investigations against Peter Daszak and Tony Fauci? We can only hope they are. You definitely deserve it. ”Pic.twitter.com/T6iIF8cuA3
– The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) June 3, 2021
Before the much negative news, Fauci had already seen a drop in polls on the confidence of the American people in him.
According to a survey by the Trafalgar Group in May, over 42 percent said their trust in the infectious disease experts had decreased compared to the previous year.
Perhaps advice on vaccination due to a more dangerous variant of COVID should come from someone other than Fauci.
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