Fauci says COVID-19 is now an 'outbreak among the unvaccinated'

Dr. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFDA advisory panel scheduled to discuss Merck COVID-19 antiviral pill Feehery: Build back bipartisan Overnight Health Care — Presented by The National Council on Mental Wellbeing — Merck asks FDA to authorize five-day COVID-19 treatment MORE, President BidenJoe BidenJill Biden campaigns for McAuliffe in Virginia Fill the Eastern District of Virginia  Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted MORE’s chief medical adviser, said on Sunday that COVID-19 is now an “outbreak among the unvaccinated” while discussing the potential for future surges in infections throughout the country.

“It’s really an outbreak among the unvaccinated. So this is an issue, predominantly among the unvaccinated, which is the reason why we're out there practically pleading with the unvaccinated people to go out and get vaccinated,” Fauci told host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperEthics watchdog accuses Psaki of violating Hatch Act CNN's Kasie Hunt had a benign brain tumor removed Jake Tapper blasts Sacklers after lawyers complain about CNN segment MORE on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

 

When asked about models and projections examining the potential future increases in COVID-19 cases, Fauci told Tapper, “It’s not going to be good.”

“We’re going in the wrong direction. If you look at the inflection of the curve of new cases and as you said in the run in to this interview, that it is among the unvaccinated, and since we have 50 percent of the country is not fully vaccinated, that's a problem, particularly when you have a variant, like delta, which has this extraordinary characteristic of being able to spread very efficiently and very easily from person to person, and we know we have many, many, many vulnerable people in this country who are unvaccinated,” Fauci continued.

He also said “we have the tools to blunt that and make that model wrong,” but their success hinges on vaccinating the rest of the population.

“If we don't vaccinate people the model is going to predict that we're going to be in trouble as we continue to get more and more cases,” Fauci added.

When asked by Tapper if “almost entirely the victims will be unvaccinated Americans,” Fauci responded, “Well, yes.”

“If you are vaccinated the vaccine is highly protective against the delta variant, particularly against severe disease leading to hospitalization and sometimes ultimately to death,” he said.

A number of reports in recent weeks have shown that the majority of new coronavirus infections are occurring in people who have not been inoculated against COVID-19.

Earlier this month, Fauci said more than 99 percent of the people who died from COVID-19 in June were not vaccinated. He said at the time that the loss of lift was “avoidable and preventable.”

Rochelle WalenskyRochelle WalenskyFauci says trick-or-treating this Halloween ok Overnight Health Care — Presented by EMAA — Pfizer requests FDA authorize COVID-19 vaccine for 5 to 11 year olds CDC director urging flu shots ahead of potentially 'severe' season MORE, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said earlier this month that COVID-19 is “becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”