WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- The White House marked a tragic milestone in U.S. history — 1 million COVID-19 deaths.
- Dr. Anthony Fauci described it as a “very sad and tragic landmark.”
- Fauci said that “many of those deaths were avoidable… if people had been vaccinated.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday that the COVID-19 death toll of 1 million people in the U.S. is a “very sad and tragic landmark.” The country’s top infectious disease expert added that “many of those deaths were avoidable.”
“I mean, the idea of 1 million deaths in an outbreak, that is historic in nature. We have had nothing like this in well over 104 years. One of the parts about it that adds to the tragedy is that many of those deaths were avoidable, avoidable if people had been vaccinated,” Fauci said in an interview with PBS.
The doctor told Amna Nawaz, “It’s estimated that, if people had been vaccinated to a much greater extent right now, that vaccines would have avoided at least a quarter of those deaths, namely about 250,000.”
Fauci still recommends that Americans should not let their guard down. He reiterated a previous warning that the U.S. could possibly face a surge in COVID-19 cases between the fall and winter.
“There is a threat and a likelihood that we’ll see a surge as we get into the fall and the winter. So we’ve got to be prepared. And we’ve got to be prepared with vaccinations, with boosters, with optimizing the therapy,” Fauci said.
When asked what more the Biden administration could do to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Fauci said health experts are still continuing to urge the unvaccinated to get the shots. Biden’s top medical adviser noted that the government is working to make COVID-19 treatments more available and accessible to every American.
Currently, Congress is stalled over COVID-19 funding as the White House warns about the urgency to keep up with vaccinations and boosters.
There’s a threat that the U.S. could face risks such as shortages of tests, vaccines and COVID-19 treatments if Congress cannot come to an agreement. The funds are also needed for new potential breakthrough treatments.
In his interview, Fauci stressed that Congress has to pass new COVID-19 funding.
“First of all, we won’t have enough antivirals. We won’t be able to develop newer and better antivirals. We won’t be able to have a booster for everyone, and we will not be able to get the best possible boosters,” he said, outlining how the U.S. could be impacted without proper pandemic funding.
Source: Yahoo! News