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NIH Director Fauci Says Omicron Will Probably Get to Everyone

White House Covid leader says vaccinated people will do better.

Anthony Fauci, Biden's chosen point man for Covid, who has appeared on every show except Wheel of Fortune, told J. Stephen Morrison, senior vice president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies that, "Omicron, with its extraordinary, unprecedented degree of efficiency of transmissibility, will ultimately find just about everybody,"

Fauci then added, "Those who have been vaccinated ... and boosted would get exposed. Some, maybe a lot of them, will get infected but will very likely, with some exceptions, do reasonably well in the sense of not having hospitalization and death. In contrast, those who are not vaccinated are "going to get the brunt of the severe aspect of this."

US Food and Drug Administration acting commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock agreed with Fauci while speaking before a Senate hearing. She testified that "I think it's hard to process what's actually happening right now, which is: Most people are going to get Covid. And what we need to do is make sure the hospitals can still function, transportation, you know, other essential services are not disrupted while this happens."

The Omicron variant caused 98.3% of new coronavirus cases in the United States last week, according to estimates posted Tuesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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