The latest Senate hearing of dr. Anthony Fauci and the director of the Centers for Disease Control Rochelle Walensky has been making headlines all over the place.
The hearing is on the federal response to Omicron. The officials have been faced with questions about muddled messaging, shifting pandemic guidelines and the Biden administration’s plan for increased coronavirus testing.
This is all happening as The United States continues to see a huge spike in coronavirus cases driven by the omicron variant, with numbers surging to double that of the previous January 2021 peak. So far, omicron seems much more contagious, resulting in many more cases. However, while the variant is more transmissible, it seems less likely to result in death or severe hospitalizations, as we have already reported by now.
Fauci addresses the Omicron covid variant
He talked about the federal response to covid variants.
Check out what he said about Omicron below.
“Omicron, with its extraordinary, unprecedented degree of efficiency of transmissibility, will ultimately find just about everybody.”
This is what Dr. Anthony Fauci told J. Stephen Morrison, senior vice president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
“Those who have been vaccinated … and boosted would get exposed. Some, maybe a lot of them, will get infected but will very likely, with some exceptions, do reasonably well in the sense of not having hospitalization and death.”
In contrast, those who are not vaccinated are “going to get the brunt of the severe aspect of this,” he also added.
Fauci says we cannot eliminate the pandemic
Japan Times online publication mentioned that Fauci spoke to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
He specifically said eliminating the disease caused by the coronavirus was unrealistic.
He also said the following:
“omicron, with its extraordinary, unprecedented degree of efficiency of transmissibility, will ultimately find just about everybody.”
“There’s no way we’re going to eradicate this” virus, he said.