The United States’ top infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci said he believed the novel to be a new, more infectious version of the coronavirus, which was first found in the United Kingdom, is also more viral.
When British scientists first “intensively studied” mutations on a case-by-case basis, Fauci said that he initially thought the variant was more variable but not necessarily a serious illness or death.
“When they went and became more gradual and looked at the data, they became convinced that it was actually a bit more viral, namely that it was more difficult when you got to the point of critical illness and even death. So I believe their data. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopolous in an interview Monday, “I haven’t seen it all, but from what I’ve heard , I believe him. “Morning America.”
ABC News has learned that US President Joe Biden plans to ban most non-US citizens entering the country, who have recently been in South Africa and almost all non-US citizens from Brazil, Ireland. But reinstate an entry ban, the United Kingdom and 26 other European nations that allow travel across open borders. The move comes as new, more infectious forms of new coronoviruses originate from South Africa, Brazil and the UK. Some researchers worry that the mutation may reduce the potency of the two COVID-19 vaccines that are currently being used in the US.
Fauci, who is Biden’s chief medical adviser, said he believed the South Africa travel ban was “prudent” and “the right decision”, although he acknowledged that “there is always a possibility and some slippery possibility” . “
“Right now, even though our surveillance is not as comprehensive as we would have liked it to be yet, it does not appear that this particular mutant is in the United States – although it may well be,” he said. “But if you have a free influx of people from a country in which that mutant is clearly dominant – I often talk to my colleagues in South Africa, then it is obviously prominent there – I believe That the travel ban would be important, in addition to being in a situation where anyone arriving in the country is now required to take a negative test before boarding the aircraft, when they were to achieve a degree of quarantine with another test Descends
Fauci hoped that vaccine shortages and delays in many communities across the US would be corrected “within a very reasonable time”, while cautioning, “a little time consuming.”
“We’ve got all the stops to come out,” he said. “We have gone into the trenches and are finding out locally what is going on and how to fix it.”
He said “getting the vaccine status on the track” is Biden’s “top priority”.
“The president has said it publicly, but in a private session, just sitting with him and the medical team, he is very serious. He said: ‘Science is going to rule. We are going to go by the facts.” “Going by the evidence. We’re going to go by the data,” Fauci recalled. “So the idea that the president himself sits with you, saying, ‘I want science to rule, go out there and do whatever we need to do to make it happen,’ is just really refreshing . “