A new plateau of new Covid-19 infections in the United States was likely linked to the “premature” relief of antivirus efforts, top pandemic adviser Anthony Fauci said on Sunday.
While the emergence of coronavirus variants is part of the problem, states that “withdraw the mitigation” are also premature, he told CBS: “Face the Nation.”
When fall numbers start to get high, he said, “you really risk a wave coming up.”
“We have seen it in our own country, and that is exactly what happened in Europe in several of the countries of the European Union, where they broke out and then started coming back.”
President Joe Biden was asked by reporters on Sunday for his views on the latest issues.
“Based on what I hear people are obviously disappointing, but I have a meeting with the team tomorrow and I get a better feeling,” he said.
Following an increase in the fall and winter in the United States that reached hundreds of thousands of new cases daily, infections have reached levels close to 50,000 reported per day.
The United States has suffered the highest reported absolute toll of just over 549,000 deaths since the pandemic began, but has now put aggressive pressure to roll out vaccines.
Meanwhile, on Saturdays, France, Belgium and Poland sharpened curbs as coronavirus outbreaks increased in Europe, calling France “critical”.
“It really is a race between getting people vaccinated and having this peak that … we do not want to see,” Fauci said.
US states, including Texas, Maryland, Connecticut and Mississippi, have eased Covid-related restrictions, lifted worm mandates or allowed restaurants, retailers and others to reopen with fewer or no restrictions.
Fauci also warned that travel during the coming Easter break could drive a new wave, which occurred after the weekend holidays.
“Even if people wear masks on the plane, when you get to the airport, checking in the lines, the food lines for restaurants, boarding … always increases the risk of getting infected,” he said.