Infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm warned on Monday against the inevitability of another wave of coronavirus infections in the United States.
“While vaccination is important, it’s obviously a critical part of our long-term game plan, we do not want enough vaccine the way we go, in the arms of enough Americans over the next six to ten weeks, with this increase that we want to stop it, ”Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told CNN̵
“It just will not happen,” he added.
Osterholm noted that some states, even where vaccination rates have been high, are now experiencing increasing daily new infections.
As GOP-led states lift pandemic restrictions, new infections nationwide have been around 65,000. It is a stubborn detail that has plagued public health experts.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, warned last week that now is “just not the time to retire and declare victory early.”
Osterholm warned on Sunday that the coming wave is more likely to affect children due to the spread of the more contagious B.1.1.7. variant.
“Unlike the previous strains of the virus, we did not see children under eighth grade often get infected, or they were often not very ill,” Osterholm said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Children play a huge role in the transmission of this,” he added on Fox News.
Watch the CNN interview here:
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