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Fauci Says Coronavirus Vaccines Are Highly Effective Against U.K. Variant
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, testified before Congress that the current vaccines on the market would be effective at preventing against the U.K. coronavirus variant, which is considered particularly contagious.
The good news is that one of the variants that’s becoming dominant in this country, the B.1.1.7., which was originally recognized in the United Kingdom, is very well covered by the vaccines that we are using. And in fact, even with others that are more problematic, if the vaccine doesn’t protect against the initial infection, it protects against severe disease. I want to close by a comment that I believe really characterizes where we are. We are in a race between vaccinating as many people as quickly and as expeditiously as we possibly can, and the threat of the resurgence of viruses in our country, because as we know, we’re at a precarious situation with many states having increases in the daily number of cases. In fact, the average is now over 60,000 per day. And that is something that we really must pay attention to.