Dr. Anthony Fauci predicted on Wednesday that the highly contagious COVID-19 Omicron variant will peak in the United States in late January.
“I could imagine that given the size of our country and the diversity of vaccination versus non-vaccination, that it would probably last more than a few weeks, probably in late January, I would think, said Fauci on CNBC’s “Closing”. Bell “, when asked when the recent rise in coronavirus will begin to subside.
But Fauci, the White House chief medical adviser, admitted that “it’s hard to say” before offering the timeline.
He also cited the course of events for Omicron cases in South Africa, where the mutation was first discovered, prior to his response.
“It certainly peaked pretty quickly in South Africa,” Fauci said of Omicron. “It went up almost vertically and turned very quickly.”
The United States had a record 441,000 new COVID-19 infections on Monday, according to CDC data – blowing the previous record of 294,000 cases away on January 8, 2021.
The rise has come despite the fact that the majority of Americans have been vaccinated.