Fauci warns that another COVID variant may emerge this winter

Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House chief medical advisor, cautioned Tuesday that it was not surprising that a new COVID-19 version would emerge in winter.

Fauci spoke at an event hosted by the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism and stated that although pandemic trends such as hospitalizations have declined nationally, there are still challenges ahead.

Fauci stated that it is possible to get another type of infection or vaccination and that this could lead to an immune response that is not as strong. He also noted that winter months can bring on an increase in respiratory diseases.

The omicron variant caused a spike in cases last winter. Since then, multiple sublineages of the disease have been established.

Remember, we were moving in the right direction during the summer of 2021 when delta came along. In the winter, of November, and December 2021, omicron was born. He said that we have had many sublines of omicron since then.”

The White House and Health Officials encourage eligible Americans to receive an updated omicron-specific coronavirus vaccine booster shot.

Fauci stated that the vaccine was targeted at the major-circulating version.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data shows that BA.5 is the most

common variant and accounts for more than 81%.

The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reports that COVID-19 has infected more than 96 million people and killed over a million.

Over 42,000 cases have been reported in the last 24 hours, and 542 deaths have occurred.

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