Friday, November 26, 2021

Is Fauci wrong again?

US leaves door open to Africa: Fauci says there will be no ban on Southern Africa travel - for now pending more study of super vaccine-resistant mutant 'Nu' variant - despite UK, Israel and Germany suspending all flights

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's most senior COVID official, said there would be no ban on flights for now 
  • He told CNN he was rushing to gather data and may ban flights in the future, but only once he knows more 
  • He wants to continue studying B.1.1.529 -  the new 'super mutant' from South Africa that is to be called Nu 
  • Fauci says there is no proof yet that it can evade the vaccine and that he wants to test whether or not it does 
  • The EU is telling member countries to stop flights to South Africa and quarantine anyone who comes from there 
  • President Biden, who is on Nantucket for Thanksgiving, has not commented on the variant and neither has The White House  
  • The Dow slipped by 2.28 percent - 1,000 points - on Friday and the S&P Futures and Nasdaq indices also slumped  
  • The B.1.1.529 variant has a 'very unusual constellation' of mutations and may be more resistant to the vaccine
  • Likely to be officially named Nu, variant might evade the body's immune response and be more transmissible
  • There are currently 77 confirmed cases in South Africa, four in Botswana, one in Hong Kong and one in Israel
  • However, the real numbers are likely much higher as health authorities establish the full scale of the spread

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