When the Covid-19 vaccines were first rolled out, there was a big skepticism among the people mainly afraid if the vaccines will be efficient enough to keep those vaccinated safe from the virus. Since December, we have seen several different variants of the virus and luckily for everyone, the vaccines were efficient against all the known variants. Until the Delta variant joined the game.
Although the vaccines keep everyone safe from severe condition in most of the times, recent studies have shown that the efficiency drops for almost half when it comes to preventing getting infected from the Delta variant. And the worries started. Again.
The Delta variant taught us that we are still far away from getting rid of the pandemic despite the high percentage of vaccinated people. The numbers are surging in every state more or less, regardless of the vaccination rate in each part of the country.
While people are understandably becoming hysterical and afraid of another lockdown, former CDC director claims that a new variant, by far more contagious than the Delta variant will hit the United States in 2-4 months.
According to Dr. Robert Redfield, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the new variant will hit the country as early as this fall and that will be a dark turn in the coronavirus pandemic. Redfield backs up his theory taking into consideration the fact that the virus is spreading very fast among humans, increasing the risk of new variant evolution.
“You know we dealt with the U.K. variant; everyone thought that was pretty bad, it was twice as infectious, but lo and behold three, four months later we had the delta variant and now it’s a dominant variant in the United States,” Redfield said Fox News Channel’s “The Story.”
Then he added that new, by far more infectious and more dangerous variant is expected to come claiming that is a natural process for every virus.
“Within, you know two, three, four months we’re going to have another variant and that variant’s going to be more infectious than the delta variant,” Redfield said.
Redfield said the coronavirus became one of the most infectious viruses in humans, which allowed it to mutate quicker.
It was not that long when multiple other health experts commented the same thing, going even further claiming we might be close to a variant when the vaccines won’t work. One of those to comment this was also the current CDC director Rochelle Walensky. When CDC announced the most recent face mask guidelines few weeks ago, she used the occasion to warn that vaccination is crucial at this point in order to slow the spread of the virus which might result with very, very dangerous variants in the near future.
“So, if you allow the virus to freely circulate and not try and stop it, sooner or later there is a likelihood that you will get another variant that could, I’m not saying it will, that could be more problematic than the delta,” Fauci told NBC’s “Meet the Press”.
In fact, Fauci said that the virus may become so dangerous that they would have the power to evade vaccines, infecting thousands of people who, as of now, are safe from variants.
“If you give the virus the chance to continue to change, you’re leading to a vulnerability that we might get a worse variant,” he said. “And then, that will impact not only the unvaccinated; that will impact the vaccinated because that variant could evade the protection of the vaccine.”