Anthony Fauci, the nation’s chief medical advisor, has recently shown concerns about the gap between unvaccinated and vaccinated populations. Fauci claims his concern has been magnified since the spread of the delta variant of COVID-19, observing that “two Americas” could exist in the future.
The delta variant of COVID-19 is considered to be more aggressive and contagious, and it is now present across virtually all states. Currently, the delta variant accounts for 26.1 percent of COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday, per the CDC.
Fauci claims that “when you have such a low level of vaccination superimposed upon a variant that has a high degree of efficiency of spread,” then apparently “individual types of blips” will occur across regions that are “under-vaccinated,” including cities, counties, and states.
For this reason, “two Americas” very well could unfold in the future, according to Dr. Fauci.
The rate of vaccinations in the American population have declined since mid-April, and the lowest level of coverage has been reported amongst young adults, per the CDC.
Over 66 percent of adults in the United States have had at least one vaccine for COVID, though under 47 percent of the population has been fully inoculated, per data released from the CDC.
Certain states have populations that are under 35 percent vaccinated, including Louisiana, Wyoming, Arkansas, Alabama, and Mississippi, according to the CDC.
Fauci claims that impending disaster is “entirely preventable” and “entirely avoidable.” He argues that vaccinated individuals “diminish drastically” the chance of becoming infected, as well as the chance of becoming “seriously ill.”
For the unvaccinated, however, “you are at considerable risk,” Fauci warned.
Two full doses of the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine are roughly 88 percent effective against the aggressive delta variant, and the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine may be “just as good,” according to Fauci.
Some localities, including Los Angeles, continue to “strongly” recommend the voluntary use of masks, even for individuals who have been fully vaccinated. However, Fauci does not believe that the CDC will be revising its guidance.
Fauci notes that the current CDC recommendations state that a fully vaccinated individual is protected, which means they “do not need to wear a mask outdoors or indoors.”