Fauci: Allowing virus to replicate could make 'worse variant' that 'could impact the vaccinated'
By: Peter Aitken (Fox News)
Dr. Anthony Fauci, please, stop pretending this is about science any longer. Just stop. Fauci's pretense of science is obfuscating and obscuring reality to sell political narratives. As a result, the United States is woefully unprepared to address what's happening in the real world. Fauci's politics won't protect the United States.
Dr. Fauci is talking about gain-of-function; the COVID virus can mutate in the wild to gain function that lowers the efficacy of vaccines. That's a very real possibility. But Fauci is attempting to obscure that possibility because of how Fauci has politicized the origin of the Alpha variant that began the pandemic. Fauci has to use vague, opaque language to protect the political narrative he played a large role in concocting. That's not helpful. Fauci can either protect China or protect the United States; Fauci can't do both. One or the other has to be thrown under the bus.
None of the COVID variants that have become widespread originated in the United States. The Alpha variant originated in China and was brought into the United States by infected people entering the country. The Beta variant originated in Europe and was brought to the United States by infected people entering the country. The Delta variant originated in India and was brought into the United States by infected people entering the country. The Lambda variant, that has been discussed as a potential threat, originated in South America and did not originate in the United States. The possibility of a gain-of-function mutation emerging in the United States is a serious potential threat that can't be dismissed. But the clearly identified and known threat throughout the pandemic has been infected people entering the United States. The United States is at greater risk from a gain-of-function mutation emerging elsewhere and being brought into the United States by infected people. The unvaccinated population AND the vaccinated population in the United States are at greater much greater risk because infected people are being allowed to enter the United States. Dr. Fauci (and other science experts) refuse to discuss that reality.
We know that the COVID coronavirus can jump from animals to humans AND can jump from humans to animals. Dr. Fauci (and other science experts) have told the public with certainty that bats are susceptible. There have also been verified reports of cats, dogs, minks, weasels, and other animals becoming infected. The COVID coronavirus is circulating within animal populations, too. And a gain-of-function mutation of the COVID virus can occur within that animal population. Yet Dr. Fauci (and other science experts) are deliberately ignoring that risk to focus attention on scapegoating the unvaccinated population for political purposes.
The clinical trial data showed that the COVID virus would continue to circulate in the vaccinated population. None of the vaccines were 100 pct effective at preventing infection and spread of the virus. But that was not the goal for the vaccines. The vaccines proved to be 100 pct effective at preventing severe symptoms that result in hospitalization and death. The purpose of the vaccines were to prevent debilitating sickness and death. Dr. Fauci (and other science experts) tout the effectives of the vaccines in preventing severe symptoms but obfuscate and obscure that the virus will still circulate within the vaccinated population.
Dr. Fauci's political narrative may be comforting and reassuring but Dr. Fauci is not telling the public about the real threats and risks. Dr. Fauci is pretending that what is happening now is about science but that simply is not reality. It is impossible for science to control spread of the COVID virus at this point. Dr. Fauci is only pretending this is about science.
For those refusing to be vaccinated, the threats and risks are numerous and beyond anyone's control. Even God cannot save you now; it's too late to paint the lentil with lamb's blood. Death has been sent to roam the Earth. The vaccines work. The vaccines are the best hope of avoiding debilitating sickness and death. None of this about science any longer in spite of Anthony Fauci's political bleating. Science has done all that it can do; there's nothing more.
Now it's up to you.
Dr. Anthony Fauci has warned that allowing the coronavirus delta variant to circulate freely among unvaccinated individuals could lead to a more potent variant that could harm even vaccinated individuals.
The delta variant has already given rise to a small variant known as "delta plus" variant that has a spike protein mutation that may cause it to spread faster. So far, the variant has appeared in only a few cases in several countries, but the original delta variant rapidly spread through the United States and became the dominant strain after only a few months.
So far, health officials have argued, and studies have shown, that vaccinated individuals remain protected from serious illness, hospitalization and death due to current variants of COVID-19. Fauci cautioned, however, that unvaccinated individuals will allow the virus to circulate and continue to mutate, potentially giving rise to a variant that could harm even vaccinated individuals.
"There's a tenet that everybody knows in virology: a virus will not mutate unless you allow it to replicate," Fauci told NBC's Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press." "Fortunately for us, the vaccines do quite well against delta, particularly in protecting you from severe disease, but if you give the virus the chance to continue to change, you're leading to a vulnerability that we might get a worse variant, and then that will impact not only the unvaccinated, that will impact the vaccinated because that variant could evade the protection of the vaccine."
Fauci has urged Americans to vaccinate as soon as they are able to in order to guard against the coronavirus, and he voiced his support for several measures to ensure the nation reaches the appropriate coverage.
Full authorization of the current vaccines may provide the much-needed confidence for Americans who have otherwise remained hesitant to finally get the vaccine.
"I've said it several times … that you're not going to see a federally from the federal government mandating vaccines for the country," Fauci said. "But I'm almost certain in fact, I am certain that as soon as the FDA fully approves the vaccines … I hope that it will be within the next few weeks. I hope it's within the month of August."
Fauci explained that authorization may also allow businesses, universities and other such private entities to mandate vaccines.
"The time has come is we've got to go the extra step to get people vaccinated," he added.