US expert talks about Covid spread in India

Dr Anthony Fauci

Chennai: Dr Anthony Fauci, Director of US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says the only way out of the Covid-19 pandemic for India, and the world in large, is to ramp up vaccination efforts.

In an interview, he said no government could have anticipated the tsunami-like second wave of the pandemic in India, with the highest ever severity and transmissibility.

“No country in the world has ever had to deal with anything analogous, in scale, scope and complexity and impact, with several battle zones rolled into one.”

Dr Fauci has made a plea to Indians to remain united and eschew divisiveness at this most threatening juncture in India’s evolution.

In 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic first broke out, India sent out multiple shipments of medicines to the US and later in an act of remarkable generosity, it sent vaccines to over 90 countries. Now, a monstrous second wave is engulfing India and its population, four times the size of the USA, he said.


NT Bureau