Chief White House medical adviser Anthony FauciAnthony FauciArizona Democrat tests positive for COVID-19 Sunday shows preview: Biden calls Putin a war criminal as Ukraine conflict continues Officials wary of new COVID-19 surge as country relaxes MORE said on Sunday that he does not think the U.S. will see another surge in COVID-19 cases due to the spread of a new omicron variant, even though cases are rising in Europe and Asia due to the strain.
Fauci said while appearing on ABC’s “This Week” that the new omicron strain is about 50 to 60 percent more transmissible than the first omicron strain, adding that it could take over as the dominant strain in the U.S.
However, he noted that the strain does not appear to cause more severe illness or evade immune responses from vaccination or prior infection.
“Hopefully, we won’t see a surge. I don’t think we will. The easiest way to prevent that is to continue to get people vaccinated. And for those who have been vaccinated, to continue to get them boosted, so that’s really where we stand right now,” said Fauci, though he acknowledged the U.S. will likely see an “uptick” in cases.
Host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosThe danger in so many Republicans missing the point US ambassador: ‘Any attack on civilians is a war crime’ Sunday shows – Ukraine no-fly zone discussions dominate MORE asked if there was any reason to reverse the relaxation of pandemic restrictions that has taken place in the past month.
“I don’t think so, George, not right now. I don’t see us going back into any more really very restrict kinds of restrictions. But you always have to have the flexibility,” Fauci said.