Worst yet to come for US COVID-19 cases

"What we really worry about is the mingling of different bubbles once you get to your destination", Adm Giroir said on Fox News Sunday.

Despite the world-leading totals of cases and deaths, the Transportation Security Administration said it screened 1,128,773 people at airports throughout the nation on Saturday, after a record 1.2 million people were screened on Wednesday. But Fauci slowly increased that number as the pandemic raged on, even suggesting in his interview with the Times that as much as 90% of the American public would need immunity to reach the herd immunity threshold. "We really don't know what the real number is".

Dr Fauci said that was the very reason that he shares President-elect Joe Biden's concern that the coming weeks in the USA will be grimmer than ever. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccine are roughly 95% effective.

Dr. Anthony Fauci expects more dire days ahead as the covid-19 pandemic continues to rage on through the holidays.

As of Monday morning, nearly 2 million Amerians have received the first dose of either Pfizer or Moderna's two-dose COVID-19 vaccine.

He clarified that when he said 70 to 75 percent, it was a "range" which is also within his projection of "70 to 85 percent". "Most of the time the mutations don't have a functional significance", he said. "But, I'm not going to say 90%".

Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida said Fauci as deceiving the public on the level of vaccination needed to achieve herd immunity, reported Daily Wire.

"In fact, most of my epidemiology colleagues agree with me", he added.

"Dr. Fauci lied about masks in March", Rubio tweeted on Sunday morning. "So, the bottom line is, it's a guesstimate".

There have been more than 63,000 confirmed deaths from coronavirus in the United States in December - the most of any month since the pandemic began.

Overall, the USA has reported the most coronavirus cases, with more than 18.9 million, and the most deaths, with more than 331,000, of any country since the start of the pandemic.

Health care workers, elderly nursing home residents, elected officials, and firefighters are among those to receive the vaccines first.

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