Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House medical adviser for the novel coronavirus, gave a stark warning to the entire country Sunday — get vaccinated or a worse coronavirus variant might hit our country soon.
Did Fauci say there’s going to be a worse variant?
Fauci said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that the unvaccinated population of the United States is allowing the delta variant to spread rapidly across the country. Because of this, the coronavirus now has a ton of time to replicate and mutate, meaning a worse variant could come soon.
- “So, if you allow the virus to freely circulate and not try and stop it, sooner or later there is a likelihood that you will get another variant that could, I’m not saying it will, that could be more problematic than the delta,” Fauci said.
Right now, Fauci said the COVID-19 vaccines do a good job stopping the delta variant. However, this might not be the case if we allow the virus to replicate and mutate a few more times.
- “If you give the virus the chance to continue to change, you’re leading to a vulnerability that we might get a worse variant,” he said. “And then, that will impact not only the unvaccinated; that will impact the vaccinated because that variant could evade the protection of the vaccine.”
- Fauci suggested “people who are unvaccinated should think about their own health, that of their family, but also the community responsibility to crush this virus before it becomes even worse.”
Will there be a worse COVID-19 variant?
This appears to be the messaging from Dr. Fauci right now.
- “If we don’t crush the outbreak to the point of getting the overwhelming proportion of the population vaccinated, then what will happen is the virus will continue to smolder through the fall into the winter, giving it ample chance to get a variant,” Fauci said last week, according to news site McClatchy.
The following morning, Fauci told “Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulos that a new variant will come if the unvaccinated don’t get vaccinated against COVID-19.
- “People who say, ‘I don’t want to get vaccinated because it’s me and I’ll worry about me, I’m not having any impact on anybody else,’ that’s just not the case,” Fauci said, per ABC News.