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U.S. will not lock down despite surge driven by Delta variant, Fauci says

CoronavirusAug 01, 2021 04:25PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, gives an opening statement during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing to discuss the on-going federal response to COVID-19,

By Sarah N. Lynch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States will not lock down again to curb COVID-19 but "things are going to get worse" as the Delta variant fuels a surge in cases, mostly among the unvaccinated, top U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Sunday.

A sufficient percentage of Americans have now been vaccinated to avoid lockdowns, Fauci said on ABC's "This Week".

"Not enough to crush the outbreak, but I believe enough to not allow us to get into the situation we were in last winter," he said.

The average number of new coronavirus cases reported nationwide has nearly doubled in the past 10 days, according to a Reuters analysis. https://tmsnrt.rs/2WTOZDR

Even if states do not resort to lockdowns again, the spread of the Delta variant could still threaten the economy.

Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari told CBS' "Face the Nation" that the Delta variant was "creating a bunch of caution" among millions of out-of-work Americans and could slow the U.S. labor market recovery.

The surge in Delta variant cases is also rattling the globe. Parts of Asia that were previously relatively successful in containing COVID-19, such as the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, are now locking down hot spots.

Some are pushing back against new restrictions. From Monday, unarmed soldiers will help police Australia's biggest city Sydney, checking that people who have tested positive are isolating.

In France, where the government is fighting a fourth wave of infections, thousands of people protested for a third consecutive weekend against the introduction of a mandatory health pass proving vaccination that will be required for entry to many public venues.

While vaccines remain scarce in much of the world, they are freely available to anyone 12 years or older in the United States, where cash prizes, new cars and other incentives have failed to motivate more than a third of the population to get immunized. (Graphic on global vaccinations) https://tmsnrt.rs/3tUM8ta

"We have 100 million people in this country who are eligible to be vaccinated who are not getting vaccinated," said Fauci, who is also director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

About 58% of Americans have received at least one dose of vaccine, ranging from a high of 76% in Vermont to a low of 40% in Mississippi.

After declining for weeks, the number of Americans getting vaccinated has started to rise again.

"The silver lining of this is that people are waking up to this and this may be a tipping point for those who have been hesitant," National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins told CNN on Sunday. "That's what desperately needs to happen if we're going to get this Delta variant put back in its place, because right now it's having a pretty big party in the middle of the country."

Florida has one of the worst outbreaks in the nation, based on new cases per capita and has seen infections rise 50% week-over-week. However, Governor Ron DeSantis has blocked mask mandates https://reut.rs/3BZTu3H in the state's schools, saying parents should decide.

"It just makes common sense in a community where the virus is spreading, and that's pretty much all of Florida right now, to do everything you can to prevent that, which includes mask wearing for kids in schools," Collins said.

U.S. will not lock down despite surge driven by Delta variant, Fauci says
 

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Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Aug 03, 2021 6:04AM ET
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This lying little weasel should be in prison.. along with his Chinese buddies.. repulsive!!
Honey Badger
Honey Badger Aug 02, 2021 9:05AM ET
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CDC study shows 74% of people infected in Massachusetts Covid outbreak were fully vaccinated
Jim Jones
Jim Jones Aug 02, 2021 5:43AM ET
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No lockdowns, only more welfare for the lazy Americans.
Bubba Born
Bubba Born Aug 02, 2021 5:43AM ET
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Spoken by someone who hasn't a clue..
Mike Mike
Mike Mike Aug 01, 2021 10:10PM ET
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Don't lock down. We want all unvaccinated adults get infected with the worst covid
Brad Zimmerman
Brad Zimmerman Aug 01, 2021 10:10PM ET
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Massachusetts recorded 74% of new cases were vaccinated ppl
Honey Badger
Honey Badger Aug 01, 2021 10:10PM ET
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CDC study shows 74% of people infected in Massachusetts Covid outbreak were fully vaccinated
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Aug 01, 2021 10:06PM ET
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Fauci and his Chinese buddies who cooked up this bug need to be held responsible. It's time to stop pretending. Time to man up and own the truth!
Mad Money
Mad Money Aug 01, 2021 8:15PM ET
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“I'll bet the best part of being a scientist is constantly having your hard work and research questioned by people who spent every science class peeling glue from their hands”
Ominous Owl
Ominous Owl Aug 01, 2021 8:15PM ET
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lol
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Aug 01, 2021 7:46PM ET
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Okay, sooo Fauci pays China to create the Rona, China unleashes it to help him get rid of President Trump, and now Reuters thinks Fauci is someone who can trusted for advice.. WOOOOW!! You just can’t make this ********up.
David David
David9 Aug 01, 2021 7:46PM ET
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Proof? please provide...
Jay Willams
Jay Willams Aug 01, 2021 7:46PM ET
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you retrumplicans come up with just about anything smh
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Aug 01, 2021 7:46PM ET
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Jay Willams   - compared to the lies and hypocrisy the dems are selling?.. yeah, okay..
Scot House
Scot House Aug 01, 2021 7:33PM ET
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It aint that little ferrets decision anyhow.
Mark Jannetty
Mark Jannetty Aug 01, 2021 6:34PM ET
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if you want to take an experimental vaccine, which has had little effect, that's your right. if you don't want to take it and take a chance on getting a flu, that should also be your right. mind your own ******business and we will all get along.
David David
David9 Aug 01, 2021 6:28PM ET
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We need to do a proper lock down. Everyone need to follow the rule, stay at home and have minimal contact. Mask up if they go out. there is no exception and if anyone violate this, issue a huge fine and jail time according to what they do.
Mike Lomash
Mike Lomash Aug 01, 2021 6:28PM ET
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Take your ********to china
David David
David9 Aug 01, 2021 6:28PM ET
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Mike Lomash Why, explain yourself...
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Aug 01, 2021 6:28PM ET
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Who’s “we”? You’re not part of this discussion. Bun-bye..
David David
David9 Aug 01, 2021 6:28PM ET
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I speak for the majority of Americans... my view match with 90% of them so I can say we...
Investing Man
Investing Man Aug 01, 2021 6:01PM ET
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Man shows up with cure during plague and all the dead people screamed "witch!"
Mad Money
Mad Money Aug 01, 2021 6:00PM ET
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Uneducated won’t get the vaccine
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Aug 01, 2021 6:00PM ET
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It’s actually the opposite. You’re confused.
David David
David9 Aug 01, 2021 6:00PM ET
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Silence Dogood How is he confused... explain yourself...
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Aug 01, 2021 6:00PM ET
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David David  pay attention to your own country..
Sean Livingstone
Sean Livingstone Aug 01, 2021 5:55PM ET
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He keeps changing his mind and he claims he's a scientist. Oh well...
Moi Meme
Moi Meme Aug 01, 2021 5:55PM ET
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Right? How can any person call themself a « scientist » if they keepchanging their mind when confronted with new facts about evolving viruses?
Sean Livingstone
Sean Livingstone Aug 01, 2021 5:55PM ET
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Moi Meme  I am very sure you didn't check out what some Asian countries have been doing. For your information, I have been telling everyone to continue to wear their face masks when CDC said it was ok not to wear face masks. Fauci worshippers called me anti-science. And now, CDC is walking back. I've been through SARS. Go figure how knowledgeable Fauci is. I am into science and science has already shown that virus would mutate and one has to prevent virus to mutate by wearing face masks and that would stop virus from further mutating. That is a proven science. Which part you don't understand? You mean COVID-19 behaves differently than ANY OTHER virus? LOL
Sean Livingstone
Sean Livingstone Aug 01, 2021 5:55PM ET
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Moi Meme  "evolving viruses".... that's a new term? All viruses evolve and mutate. You mean it's new to you? LOL
Sean Livingstone
Sean Livingstone Aug 01, 2021 5:55PM ET
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Moi Meme  let me educate you a little bit about coronavirus and SARS. SARS transformed itself when it was first detected in 2002 in China, and it did mutate. East Asia is prepared for that, and thus they consistently do lockdown to eliminate all new strains to be developed as a new strain would be difficult to contain. The new strain might be less or more contagious or dangerous, no one knows. The best strategy per these countries is to continue to prevent transmission. CDC advising no masks was WRONG. Everytime China, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea etc. has an outbreak, the entire city locks down. So, do you still worship Fauci now? Oh, I forgot, he lied... he told a senator he didn't provide funding for Wuhan lab... and then he said he did to another. Nah, he didn't lie.. he forgot.. LOL
John Healy
John Healy Aug 01, 2021 5:55PM ET
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Sean, that’s what scientists do... they change their minds when necessary as new data emerges. Dogmatic people don’t change their minds. They remain entrenched, often worshipping at the altar of their rhetoric-spewing idols. Hypothesis-antithesis-synthesis. Science is open-minded and dynamic. All decent scientists first try to prove themselves wrong. I know, I know... it’s difficult to understand if you haven’t done a lick of graduate-level research.
Mart Bab
Rubberduck1973 Aug 01, 2021 5:21PM ET
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All Fauci bashers, and anti vaccine no no’s below. You guys need to go back to school a properly school yourself. Your intelligence shows in all your comments
Tony Huynh
Tony Huynh Aug 01, 2021 5:21PM ET
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They think their half an hour Googling make them better than Fauci's 50 years of expertise.
Mike Lomash
Mike Lomash Aug 01, 2021 4:25PM ET
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15 days to stop the spread says the fraud
Mike Lomash
Mike Lomash Aug 01, 2021 4:24PM ET
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No *****sherlock - Fraudci should be locked up
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Aug 01, 2021 4:07PM ET
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Fauci speaks and snowflake right is triggered immediately.
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Aug 01, 2021 4:07PM ET
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Fauci lies
Kelly Mayer
Kelly Mayer Aug 01, 2021 2:18PM ET
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"unarmed soldiers will help police Australia's biggest city Sydney, checking that people who have tested positive are isolating". Oh... My... God... Are we going to watch as our freedom and our rights as humans get taken away like this? are we going to acquiesce???? God help us all.
Dana Gagnon
Dana Gagnon Aug 01, 2021 2:18PM ET
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How about everyone else’s freedom to not get killed because ignorant people are too selfish to do the right thing.By your ignorant logic, i would ne free to shot you for potentually infecting me with a bological weapon. To say that a I can’t would infringe on my freedom to protect myself.
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Aug 01, 2021 2:18PM ET
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Big snowflake meltdown from triggered Kelly as usual.
John Avenetti
John Avenetti Aug 01, 2021 2:18PM ET
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your vaccine changes nothing but say themselves it only stops it from ****you. so ******do you care genius. let us die then.
Kelly Mayer
Kelly Mayer Aug 01, 2021 2:18PM ET
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Dana Gagnon  your siding with an increasingly totalitarian goverment and MSM brainwashing, coupled with your acephalous position of zero independent thinking as well as clear total lack of independent research skills are putting myself, my health and the whole community and it's health at risk. You are a danger to others and deserve nothing more than to be locked down, acquiescing to your masters while they gently rob you of your independent livelyhood and mental health. Try leaving adult subjects to adults and go wait under a brigde while we adults handle matters and protect your rights and basic freedom as a human being. Not that you deserve it.
Todd Gray
Todd Gray Aug 01, 2021 1:41PM ET
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I knew that statement was coming. the timing is perfect for my positions. my trading plan's right. media's gonna pump that, and we'll see one last pop to the pop. p/c ratios has most everybody positioned the wrong way. the the delta variant - Does Not - cause anywhere near as many severe complications as the alpha variant. it's more like a typical cold virus some people die of every single day, and have for thousands of years. we just aren't aware of the past facts, so they exploit our ignorance. but, what's new in that?
Will Turnage
Bucked_up Aug 01, 2021 1:41PM ET
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Curious, what are your positions?
Dana Gagnon
Dana Gagnon Aug 01, 2021 1:41PM ET
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I just wonder if you understand how ignorant you are? Nearly every attempt at factual information is false. FACTS: the delta variant is sigificantly more contagious than any of the previous strains; based on the early understanding the delta variant is more fangerous than the earlier strains; only if you are vacinated are you sysmptoms more likely to be less severe; they do not yet know about long term effects of the delta variant regardless of vacine status and severity.
John Avenetti
John Avenetti Aug 01, 2021 1:41PM ET
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Dana Gagnon go away fear monster. hide out. leave us alone
mat connors
mat connors Aug 01, 2021 11:10AM ET
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Just like when he said masks do not work. Ok 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤣🤣🤣
Todd Gray
Todd Gray Aug 01, 2021 11:10AM ET
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masks help. less virus gets through a mask, and that's a fact. if not, the Chinese wouldn't have been wearing them during virus season for decades. they're to smart to waste energy on pointless actions.
John Avenetti
John Avenetti Aug 01, 2021 11:10AM ET
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Todd Gray oh they are so smart. You're right. great logic. you'd get an A in debate
John Avenetti
John Avenetti Aug 01, 2021 10:36AM ET
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why isn't he in jail? OH. we're in the CCCP ERRRR USA...sorry
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Aug 01, 2021 10:36AM ET
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Very creative boomer humor. Congrats.
John Avenetti
John Avenetti Aug 01, 2021 10:36AM ET
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very typical know it all whose wrong. not a boomer. most are stupid AF and believe whatever they're told.
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Aug 01, 2021 10:36AM ET
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Benjamin McIntire  as the resident gender fluid snowflake adds literally nothing to the conversation.. uhgain..
 
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