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Fauci says new Covid-19 cases are at a disturbing level as the US is primed for a surge

April 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The number of new Covid-19 cases has plateaued at a "disturbingly high level," and the US is at risk from a new surge, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned on Wednesday.

(CNN)The number of new Covid-19 cases has plateaued at a "disturbingly high level," and the US is at risk from a new surge, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned on Wednesday.

"It's almost a race between getting people vaccinated and this surge that seems to want to increase," Fauci said, noting Europe is experiencing a spike much like the one experts worry about for the US.

Those vaccines may be behind the decrease in Covid-19 fatalities, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday.

But the pace of getting vaccines into the arms of Americans will need to keep increasing now that the virus variant first identified in the United Kingdom, known to be more transmissible and believed to be more deadly, is the most common strain in the US, Walensky said.

Part of that is due to the spread of B. 1. 1. 7 and other concerning variants, Walensky said earlier this week.

Recent infections have been skewing toward younger people, a factor Fauci said can be attributed in part to so many older people being vaccinated.

Fauci noted that more than 75% of people ages 65 years and older have received at least one shot of the Covid-19 vaccine in the US.

He said a number of factors are at play, including clusters of cases in daycares and school sports teams -- in which people are in close contact and sometimes aren't wearing masks -- and the B. 1. 1. 7 variant.

Those students returning to school are not yet eligible for vaccines, though studies will hopefully show the effectiveness of vaccinations in children as young as six months in the coming months, Fauci said.

Operations were paused at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Colorado on Wednesday after health officials reported that 11 people who received their vaccinations became ill.

Although the cases might sound concerning, state officials said they don't have reason to believe that people vaccinated at the center should be concerned.

"The state has no reason to believe that people who were vaccinated today at Dick's Sporting Goods Park should be concerned," state officials said.

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