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

Source: Politico | August 2, 2021 | Quint Forgey

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

One 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.

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,” Collins told 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.


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  • Consistent #49845

    EVERYDAY #49846

    I still say, lock down the anti-vaxers. Make them stay home. Why should their selfishness keep the rest of us from living our lives?

    But that will never happen, of course.

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