The US is on the brink of the fourth wave of COVID-19?

The US is on the brink of the fourth wave of COVID-19
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The United States is on the brink of a new wave of COVID-19 despite leading the worldwide vaccination campaign against the virus, the country’s top epidemiologist Anthony Fauci warned on Tuesday.

“We are on the verge” of a fourth wave, Fauci told the National Press Club.

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and a key leader of President Joe Biden’s coronavirus response team, added that now is “really a critical time,” because it could easily go into a wave.

Fauci explained that new infections had decreased since the January peak, but said they were on the rise again, recording more than 30,000 daily cases.

“Essentially we are tempting another wave, if we reach 60,000 cases a day,” he warned.

He also said it would be wrong for Americans to downplay Face mask wear and social distancing by assuming the country was exceeding vaccination targets.

Last Thursday, a record four million COVID-19 vaccines were administered to Americans on the day.

President Joe Biden has set a goal of administering 200 million COVID-19 vaccines by May, leading the global immunization campaign against the virus.

However, Fauci expressed concern that the authorities’ efforts may be defeated by the complacency of the population.

“People have what we call COVID-19 fatigue,” Fauci said, adding that loosening security measures could derail authorities’ efforts to end the virus.

In this sense, he assured that they do not want, and “it would be terrible”, to have to close the country again due to the increase in cases.

Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the United States has recorded 31 million positive cases of COVID-19 and more than 550,000 deaths from the disease.

New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey together reported 44% of the nation’s new COVID-19 infections, or nearly 197,500 new cases, in the latest available seven-day period, according to state health agency data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Total U.S. infections during the same week numbered more than 452,000.

New variants of coronavirus

US President Joe Biden has warned that new types of coronavirus are spreading across the United States and that the number of people testing positive is increasing.

“New variants of the virus are spreading and advancing rapidly, cases are increasing again, hospitalizations are no longer decreasing, while deaths continue to decline well below January, they are increasing in some places,” Biden said in a televised speech.

The president of the United States praised the nationwide coronavirus vaccination effort, during which 62 million people have been fully inoculated, but admitted that the scope is not yet sufficient.

“The vaccination program is saving tens of thousands of lives, but the pandemic is still dangerous. Let me explain it to you in one word: time. Even moving at record speed, we are not even halfway through vaccinating more than 300 million Americans. This will take time,” Biden said.

The president announced that all adult Americans will be eligible for a vaccine from April 19 instead of the initial deadline of May 1.

About 40% of U.S. adults have now received at least one COVID-19 shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only 23% of American adults have been fully vaccinated—including more than half of Americans 65 and older.

Several Americans have said that they do not want to be vaccinated in light of the fact that vaccine producers have skipped the testing phases and are exempt from legal liability, as well as the fact that vaccines are gene therapies with a large number of possibilities with side effects, including death.