USA: Omicron strain sweeps the world, Fauci warned

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The moves over the Christmas period will boost the spread of the coronavirus Omicron strain, even among those fully vaccinated against covid-19, top US epidemiologist Anthony Fauci warned on Sunday, speaking to US media.

“There is no doubt about it, (Omicron) has an amazing ability to spread,” Fauci told NBC’s Meet the Press.

The epidemiologist, who advises the US government on pandemic management, noted that the Omicron strain is now “sweeping the world”, while expressing concern about the large number of Americans who have not yet been vaccinated against covid-19.

“This virus is amazing,” Fauci said. “He will take the upper hand and we will see difficult weeks or months as we approach winter.”

“It is spreading really fast, literally all over the world and undoubtedly in our country,” he said in another interview with ABC, explaining that nearly 50 million Americans are unvaccinated.

“When we have this level of vulnerability and a virus like Omicron that is spreading so fast, it is very likely that we will see in some parts of the country a lot of pressure on the health system as well as the health care providers who are running out because of it,” he said. vaccine dose.

“The difference between a vaccinated person and a person who has taken the booster dose when infected (from covid-19) and an unvaccinated person who is infected is large in terms of the risk of the severity of the disease,” Fauci said.

“Fully vaccinated people respond better (to a possible infection); optimal protection is provided by a booster dose,” he said.

Nearly 73% of Americans have received at least one dose of covid-19 vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). So far about 30% have received a booster dose.

According to the latest CDC estimates, the Omicron strain is responsible for about 3% of current infections, with most cases reported in New York State.

Since the beginning of the pandemic in the United States, more than 50 million cases of covid-19 have been identified and more than 800,000 people have died from the disease.

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