Up to 100,000 new deaths from Covid-19 in the US By December is “predictable but preventable,” the leading US infectious disease expert said on Sunday, as dozens of states reported a rapid rise in deaths. .
Amid resistance in some states to public health measures and mandates, the Delta variant of the virus has increased deaths in 14 states by more than 50% in a week, and by at least 10% in 28 more, according to Johns Hopkins University. Those figures continue a terrible warning from the University of Washington that tens of thousands more could die, with a daily peak of 1,400 in mid-September.
On Sunday, Johns Hopkins put the death toll in the United States from Covid-19 at nearly 637,000.
“What’s happening now is completely predictable and completely preventable,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, told CNN’s State of the Union.
“We know we have the means with vaccines to reverse this, and the reason the numbers are so alarming is that we have around 80 million people in this country who are eligible to be vaccinated and who are not yet.
“We could change this and do it efficiently and quickly if we could vaccinate those people. It is very important that people in this crisis put aside any ideological and political differences and get vaccinated ”.
Figures show vaccine vacillation is declining, with an average of about 900,000 injections given each day in the US, an 80% increase in one month. This week, Biden hailed the full Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the Pfizer vaccine for those 16 and older as “a key milestone” in the fight against coronavirus.
But experts say the rate must increase further, and the public must continue with social distancing and wearing masks, if the situation is to improve.
“We can save 50,000 lives just by wearing masks,” said Ali Mokdad, professor of health metrics sciences at the University of Washington. “That’s how important behaviors are.”
On NBC’s Meet the Press, Fauci said the administration would stick to its plan to offer booster shots starting next month to those vaccinated eight months ago. Some countries, like israel, are offering boosters after five months, after reviewing data suggesting that protection begins to wane in a shorter period of time.
“We are still planning eight months,” Fauci said. “That was the calculation we did [and] this deployment will begin the week of September 20.
“That is the plan we have, but we are open to the data as it comes in. This will have to go through the FDA process and then through the advisory committee on immunization practices that advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [CDC]. So at this point, we are left with eight, but we are totally open to any variation based on the data. “
When asked if he believed the coronavirus would become endemic, Fauci said: “In some respects, yes, but mostly no.
“We have at our disposal the means to really suppress this outbreak, at least in the United States. We want to do it globally and we are playing an important role in that. But when it comes to the United States, if we were to actually get the overwhelming majority of those 80 million vaccinated, it would see a sea change in the dynamics of the outbreak. So it really depends on us. We have the power to do it. We just have to do it. “
US hospitals are struggling to manage a significant increase in admissions due to Covid-19, the vast majority of unvaccinated patients.
“We have enough people dying and there is no space to put these bodies,” Alabama state health official Dr. Scott Harris said Friday. “We are really in a crisis situation, I don’t know how long we will be able to do this.”
In Mississippi, which came under threat from Hurricane Ida on Sunday, Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said he believed religion helped explain doubts about vaccines.
“Often times some of my friends across the aisle ask me about Covid, and why it seems like people in Mississippi and maybe the Mid-South are a little less scared, let’s say,” Reeves said. a republican fundraiser, according to the Daily Memphian.
“When you believe in eternal life, when you believe that living on this earth is nothing more than a flash on the screen, then you don’t have to be so afraid of things. God also tells us to take the necessary precautions, and we all have opportunities and abilities to do that and we all should. I encourage everyone to do so. “
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism