He’s Back! Fauci Returns To Warn Of New COVID Variant And Possible Surge

Dr. Anthony Fauci is back to warn about a new COVID variant, and the potential for another wave of the virus. 

Judy Woodruff, PBS’s Judy Fauci, joined Fauci to warn that there could be an increase in COVID-19-related cases in the coming weeks. 

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Fauci gave another warning during an appearance on the ABC News podcast ‘Start Here,’ where he said, “I would not be surprised if in the next few weeks we see somewhat of either a flattening of our diminution or maybe even an increase.”

He added, “Whether or not that is going to lead to another surge, a mini surge or maybe even a moderate surge, is very unclear because there are a lot of other things that are going on right now.”

COVID incidences in the U.S.A have dropped dramatically over the past 2 months. But, COVID rates in the U.K. seem to be increasing due to a new type called BA.2. Fauci said that this new strain would surpass the Omicron version. 

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Losing your fear

Judy Woodruff, back at PBS asked Fauci whether the U.S. would be interested in another round of COVID. Fauci refused to commit because it was impossible to predict. 

Woodruff noted that Americans have become more silent about the need to be vaccinated. She asked Dr. Fauci to clarify if this needed to be a new urgent message.

Fauci obliged, and said yes. He said,

“I think, psychologically, the country is just not ready to get set back again. But there are things that we can do to prevent that, and that’s the reason why we continue to stress the importance of vaccination and boosting when you are vaccinated.”

Dr. Fauci was unable to elaborate on how many booster shot would work. 

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Additional funding

Woodruff mentioned $30 billion that the Biden administration requested to fight COVID. However, this amount has been reduced to $22 billion. She asked Dr. Fauci whether such an enormous sum was necessary for COVID spending.

“Well, we do need it, Judy. It has all been used well. And we have had a lot of very important successes with that — resources with regard to the vaccinations, the drugs, the tests, all the things that have actually worked well,” Fauci replied.

The COVID restrictions are slowly being eased over the past months with many states dropping their mask mandates, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adjusted their guidelines.