Leading American scientist Anthony Fauzi, a White House adviser on the health crisis, warned on Sunday that the omicron variant of COVID-19 was “prevalent” worldwide and still raised concerns about the number of unvaccinated Americans.
“This virus is unusual,” he said. Fauzi said indicating the speed of its spread on CNN. “He’s going to get the upper hand”, and “We’ve going to have tough weeks or months as winter approaches”.
“It’s spreading very quickly, literally around the world and in our own country without a doubt,” he added on ABC, adding that nearly 50 million eligible Americans were concerned about not being vaccinated.
“When you have this level of vulnerability and you have a virus like omicran spreading very quickly, we’m going to see significant pressure on the hospital system as well as the workers in some parts of the country. Health is deteriorating because of all that,” he urged Americans to get vaccinated and get their booster.
The virus is “booming around the world, really,” he insisted on NBC.
The Omicron variant is expanding at full speed around the world, causing restrictions in many countries, such as regulation in the Netherlands.
On Sunday, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Corey Booker, former Democratic primary candidates for the 2020 presidential election, wrote on Twitter that each of them had tested positive for Kovid-19 and was showing mild symptoms when vaccinated and received their booster dose. They did not say whether the infection came from the Omicron variant.
The pandemic has killed more than 5 million people worldwide since the WHO office in China reported the outbreak in late December 2019. The most tragic country where more than 800,000 people died was the United States.