The President’s Chief Medical Adviser Joe Biden, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said on Sunday that he does not expect the United States to adopt lockdowns again, despite the increasing risks of Covid-19 infections posed by the Delta variant.
“I don’t think we’re going to see blockages,” said Fauci, who is also director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on ABC’s This Week.
“I think we have enough of the percentage of people in the country – not enough to squelch the outbreak – but I think enough to not allow us to get into the situation we were in last winter.”
The rise in Delta variant cases is shaking the world. Parts of Asia that were once relatively successful at containing Covid-19, such as the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, are now blocking hotspots.
Some are resisting the new restrictions. Starting Monday, army personnel will help police Australia’s largest city, Sydney, to see if people who test positive are isolating themselves.
In France, where the government is battling a fourth wave of infections, thousands of people protested for the third weekend in a row against the introduction of a mandatory health pass that proves the vaccinations that will be needed to enter many public places.
While Fauci doesn’t think the US will need to close again as it did last year, he warned on ABC that “things will get worse” as the Delta variant continues to spread.
“We have 100 million people in this country who are eligible to be vaccinated and who are not being vaccinated,” he said.