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Dr. Fauci says new COVID-19 mutation was ‘inevitable,’ but there’s some good news

Dr. Anthony Fauci recently spoke on the “Today” show about the mutated COVID-19 strain.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci recently spoke on the Today show about the mutated COVID-19 strain.

Dr. Anthony Fauci recently spoke on the “Today” show about the mutated COVID-19 strain.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci recently spoke with “Today Live” about the new COVID-19 strain, saying its arrival was inevitable for the United States.

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Fauci said on the NBC News morning show that the mutated COVID-19 strain, which has recently discovered in Colorado and Southern California, was inevitably going to arrive in the United States. But there’s good news, too.

  • “It was inevitable that it would be here. 
  • “You’ll be hearing reports from other states and more cases in the state,” he sadded.
  • “Obviously, we don’t want to see a virus that has a greater capability of spreading,” he said. “The good news is that it does not appear to be (…) making people more sick and leading to more death. … The other thing that is important and a favorable thing, it does not seem to evade the protection that’s afforded by vaccines that are currently being used.”

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Fauci said vaccine distribution has been disappointing so far as nearly 3 million Americans have received the vaccine despite the government’s goal of hitting 20 million people by the end of 2020.

  • “Hopefully, as you get into the first couple of weeks in January, the gaining of momentum will get us to the point where we want to be.”

He made the argument that the federal government may want to take over distribution, too.

  • “It’d be better to give more resources.” 
  • “You have to support the local groups, the states and the cities, to help them to get this task done, which is a very prodigious task,” he added.