“We can’t allow that to happen in the United States,” said Fauci, who called the UK experience “so hotly debated” to be vaccinated.
The UK announced on Monday that the easing of coronavirus restrictions would be delayed by another four weeks, until July 19, after a rise in cases and, in particular, a growing spread of the genus in the Delta.
Delta different from the United States
Such is not so much, but the speed of its spread is a concern.
“It doubles every seven to 10 days, which means when it comes three weeks from now, this variation will prevail,” Topol said. “That means we have two or three weeks to just get away with vaccinations to stop this trend.”
Topol said the U.S. has been able to “ante up” and “completely tilt the vaccine” with the arrival of the U.S. variant.
With the Delta variety, Topol is not as optimistic.
“It’s the most confusing variant by far, because it’s still 60% more contagious than the Alpha, so it’s a super spreader strain,” Topol said. But the vaccination rate has stalled.
In Mississippi, nearly 29% of the population is completely vaccinated. In Alabama it is below 31%. In Arkansas, no less than 33%. In Louisiana, Georgia, and Wyoming no less than 34%, according to CDC data.
Vaccines and varieties in the Delta
Peter Hotez, director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, told CNN New Day Tuesday that he is “deeply concerned” about the Delta’s difference, even if there is a two-dose Pfizer or Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine that they seem to be acting “really well” to protect against it.
Now is the “crunch time,” said Hotez, who watched the surge in coronavirus cases across the South last year, with a “terrible” case of cases emerged in July and August.
“I have to believe it, in the new Delta variant, the same thing will happen again to anyone without a vaccine or just one dose of vaccine,” he said. “And it’s time for everyone to be vaccinated, because even if you want to vaccinate yourself tomorrow or your child wants to, it will still take five to six weeks to get the same dose of vaccine and a week later. “
CNN’s Naomi Thomas contributed to this report.