Fauci Says Current Vaccines Will Stand Up To The Delta Variant
Coronavirus cases and deaths in the U.S. are down dramatically from last winter’s peaks, but the road ahead could still be a long one, with the rapid spread of the delta variant — now the dominant strain of the virus in the U.S. — and mounting questions over how effective current vaccines are against it.
Addressing those concerns in an interview Thursday with All Things Considered, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, said studies continue to show that vaccines are not only effective against the virus, they’re highly effective at preventing serious disease or hospitalization.
“No matter what study you look at, the protection against severe disease leading to hospitalization is always well within the 90%, regardless of the study, regardless of the country,” Fauci said.
That’s just part of the reason why, he said, it’s so crucially important to get vaccinated.
“It’s so easy to get vaccinated. Viruses don’t mutate if they can’t replicate, and you can prevent them from replicating by vaccinating enough people so that the virus has nowhere to go,” said Fauci, who is also chief medical adviser to President Biden.
Below are excerpts of the conversation, edited in parts for clarity and length.