The current U.S. surge will be difficult to curb without boosters, he said. The data is “strongly suggestive” that immunity wanes for people across all age groups over time. Boosters could be available as early as next week.
Fauci also reprised his call for all Americans to get jabbed, even if young and healthy.
“If you get infected, even if you don’t have any symptoms, it is likely that you will pass the virus on to someone else who might pass it on to someone else who might have a severe outcome leading to hospitalization and even death,” he said. “So you’ve got to look at it that you’re not in a vacuum, you’re part of society.”
Fauci noted that students under 12 are unable to get vaccinated and are thus vulnerable.
“The way you protect the vulnerable is to surround them with people who are vaccinated,” he said. “That is a fundamental public health principal.”
Also in the news:
►Despite a small downturn in new daily COVID-19 cases since a recent peak last week, Wisconsin’s coronavirus surge remains at levels last seen in winter.
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►Iowa school districts again have the power to enact mask mandates after a federal judge temporarily blocked a law banning them from doing so.
►Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is threatening local governments with $5,000 fines per violation for requiring their employees to get vaccinated.
📈Today’s numbers: The U.S. has recorded more than 41 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more 662,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Global totals: More than 225.3 million cases and 4.6 million deaths. Nearly 179 million Americans – 53.9% of the population – have been fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
📘What we’re reading: Most kids who suffer crippling long COVID-19 symptoms get better. Doctors worry about those who don’t.
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