Dr. Anthony Fauci revealed that health experts expected variants of the coronavirus, but the Omicron variant presents “unprecedented” mutations.
“We definitely saw variants coming,” Fauci said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.
The United States is likely in for a hard winter as the Omicron variant of Covid-19 spreads rapidly, Dr. Anthony Fauci says, straining a health care system already battered by the Delta variant. https://t.co/eu1AdSRWDy
— CNN (@CNN) December 20, 2021
“What was not anticipated was the extent of the mutations in the amino acid substitutions in omicron, which was really unprecedented,” he added.
In a separate interview, Fauci focused on billions of dollars in new testing procedures.
“What the government has been doing now, and you’re going to be seeing the result of that, is making investments literally in billions of dollars to get anywhere between 200 million to 500 million tests available per month, which means there will be a lot of tests,” Fauci told ABC’s “This Week.” “Many of them will be free.”
— Just the News (@JustTheNews) December 19, 2021
The news pushes back against Vice President Kamala Harris revealing the Biden administration didn’t see the variants coming, but also adds a new level of focus on testing rather than lockdowns in response.