NIH director: ‘We want to avoid lockdowns at all costs’

Still, Francis Collins warned that “most of the projections say we’re in for a really tough August, September, October.”

8/2/2021 6:01:00 PM

NIH director Francis Collins is urging more people to get vaccinated, warning that Americans may be forced to adopt unpopular mitigation measures to stave off new, widespread lockdown directives

Still, Francis Collins warned that “most of the projections say we’re in for a really tough August, September, October.”

By08/02/2021 08:43 AM EDTLink CopiedOne of the nation’s top public health officials said Monday that the Biden administration was seeking “to avoid lockdowns at all costs” amid a precipitous rise in cases of the Covid-19 Delta variant that has prompted a reversal of federal masking guidance and resulted in more stringent coronavirus-related orders across the country.

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Urging greater numbers of people to get vaccinated, Francis Collins — director of the National Institutes of Health — reported that “most of the projections say we’re in for a really tough August, September, October,” and warned Americans would be forced to adopt unpopular mitigation measures to stave off the widespread lockdown directives that the country endured earlier in the pandemic.

“We want to avoid lockdowns at all costs,” Collinstold ABC’s “Good Morning America” in an interview. “But that means we’re going to have to do some other things that won’t necessarily be welcomed by people, such as the new recommendation of wearing masks in indoor gatherings, even if you’re vaccinated.”

Skirting new shutdowns will also “mean schools really need to have kids masked, so that they’re protected from being the source of spreading, as well,” Collins said, adding: “But if we want to avoid a more severe outcome that might lead to more extreme measures like lockdowns, we know what to do. We just need to do it.”

The remarks from Collins echo an assessment made on Sunday by his most prominent colleague, Anthony Fauci — President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at Collins’ NIH.“I don’t think we’re going to see lockdowns,” Fauci

told ABC’s “This Week” in an interview. “I think we have enough of the percentage of people in the country — not enough to crush the outbreak — but I believe enough to not allow us to get into the situation we were in last winter.”Still, Fauci acknowledged that “things are going to get worse” in the U.S. fight against the coronavirus, and he cautioned that the country will be “looking to some pain and suffering in the future” due to the combination of unvaccinated Americans and the surge of the Delta variant.

The current seven-day moving average of daily new coronavirus cases in the United States is 66,606,— more than a 64 percent increase compared with the previous seven-day moving average of 40,597 cases. Additionally, the proportion of U.S. cases attributed to the Delta variant is predicted to increase to more than 82 percent.

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Stop the fearmongering! Time for people to just say no to mandates and take our country back. The White House has failed in its attempt at governing and is just using the CDC and Covid to hide their failures. Time to put covid in the past. Time to get back to normal. Treat the unvaccinated like pariah. Billions of people have been vaccinated, vaccines work.

Who's we? Judging by recent news stories, the only thing that persuades a TeaParty member to get vaccinated is a ventilator. Before that, it’s just way too much fun poking the Social Justice Warriors. COVID19 600000dead gop FoxNews Nah, let them go ahead and try to do lockdowns again, I don't think UK ppl will tolerate it this time.

And deaths and mutations. We want to avoid those at all costs too I don’t. I want a lockdown so we can do what we should have done last year. This is comical at this point, trying to have normalcy during a f**king pandemic. I hope we lock down and trumpers everywhere lose their minds, and businesses.

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