Fauci says he fears a COVID variant worse than Delta could be coming
The big picture: As the virus continues to spread due to insufficient vaccination rates, it is being given “ample” time to mutate into a more dangerous new variant in the fall and winter, Fauci said.
“[Q]uite frankly, we’re very lucky that the vaccines that we have now do very well against the variants — particularly against severe illness,” Fauci said, emphasizing that this might not be the case with a new variant.
“If another one comes along that has an equally high capability of transmitting but also is much more severe, then we could really be in trouble,” he said.
“People who are not getting vaccinated mistakenly think it’s only about them. But it isn’t. It’s about everybody else, also.”