Fauci Says 'There's No Doubt' US Has Undercounted Covid Deaths

Anthony S Fauci

Anthony S Fauci

The situation is dire in India as the country continues to report large surges in positive cases. "One of the ways to do that is to have the big companies that have the capability of making vaccines to really scale up in a great way to get literally hundreds of millions of doses to be able to get to them", he said. I believe that we will be about as close to back to normal as we can.

About two weeks ago, President Joe Biden promised the USA would send help to India in the form of "oxygen-related supplies, vaccine materials, and therapeutics".

The 80-year-old physician and immunologist, who serves as the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said there is an immediate problem of hospital beds, oxygen, PPE and other supplies.

"I think the waiving of the patents and the TRIPs is not going to necessarily interfere with that right now", Fauci continued, referencing the WTO's Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Agreement, which provide global patent protections. You've got to give them credit. "I mean, to have people not have oxygen is really tragic, what's going on over there", he said.

India is now experiencing a devastating surge of COVID-19 with record-breaking cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

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Last week, the USA government, non-profit and private sector organizations began sending shipments of aid to India.

"You've had experts like the former head of the (Food and Drug Administration), Scott Gottlieb, say it's time to start relaxing the indoor mask mandates".

"We've had practically a nonexistent flu season this year merely because people were doing the kinds of public health things that were directed predominantly against covid-19", Fauci said.

Looking ahead, if the USA reaches Biden's current goal of 70% or more people having at least one shot by July 4, "you may see blips, but if we handle them well, it is unlikely that you'll see the kind of surge that we saw in the late fall and the early winter", he said.

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