'No doubt' USA has undercounted Covid deaths: Anthony Fauci

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Fauci says there’s ‘no doubt’ that US has undercounted its deaths from COVID-19

"I think you're going to probably be seeing that as we go along and as more people get vaccinated", Fauci, the top White House medical adviser, told ABC News' "This Week".

"India is the largest vaccine-producing country in the world".

The end game of this all", he said, "is going to be to get people vaccinated."Fauci said mass lockdowns are also a crucial step to slowing the spread of new cases".

"They've got to get their resources, not only from within, but also from without, and that's the reason why other countries need to chip in to be able to get either supplies for the Indians to make their own vaccines or to get vaccines donated", Fauci said.

About two weeks ago, President Joe Biden promised the United States would send help to India in the form of "oxygen-related supplies, vaccine materials, and therapeutics".

In New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy launched a "Shot and a Beer" programme to encourage vaccination, while in West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced that the state will offer US$100 savings bonds to residents aged 16 to 35 who get inoculated. And where there are not a lot of vulnerable people around, you're not going to see a surge. You've got to get that.

National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that it is "quite possible" Americans will wear masks seasonally to stop the spread of respiratory-borne viruses.

"You said the companies should be scaling up, but many of those companies say that President Biden's plan to have these patent waivers is going to prevent them from scaling up - it's going to hamper the supply chain and actually set back the vaccine production effort", Stephanopoulos said.

China reported the first COVID-19 case in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019 and since then the deadly disease has become a pandemic, affecting more than 157,789,300 people and leading to over 3,285,200 deaths worldwide.

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