As if there aren’t enough factors dividing the United States these days — politics, culture, race, religion, sexual identity, to name but a few — Dr. Anthony Fauci is warning of another “two Americas” emerging: areas where most people are vaccinated and places where most aren’t.
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Fauci — director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases — made the statement during an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon earlier this week, and it was the host who lamented that the U.S. will fall short of President Joe Biden’s goal of 70% of Americans receiving at least one vaccine dose by July 4.
Lemon also pointed his finger at states like Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Wyoming, where “less than 35% of the population” is “fully vaccinated.”
With that Fauci chimed in, saying that he’s “concerned” about COVID-19 infection spikes in areas with low vaccination rates.
“When you have such a low level of vaccination superimposed upon a variant that has a high degree of efficiency of spread, what you are going to see among undervaccinated regions — be they states, cities, or counties — you’re going to see these individual types of blips,” Fauci said. “It’s almost like it’s going to be two Americas.”