• Fauci Says US Not Headed Back To Lockdown Amid Virus Resurgence
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The top infectious disease expert in the United States has said it is unlikely Americans will be sent back into lockdown, despite a recent rise in COVID-19 cases stemming from the more transmissible Delta variant.

Dr. Anthony Fauci told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that although the country is in for "some pain and suffering in the future," enough people have been vaccinated to prevent a repeat of last winter's deadly surge.

But he still expressed concern about the many who remained unvaccinated.

Only about 60 percent of Americans are fully vaccinated.

Fauci argued that those who choose not to get vaccinated are affecting others because they are "allowing the propagation and the spread of the outbreak."

He made the comments after President Joe Biden said the U.S. was probably headed for new restrictions.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also changed course, saying fully vaccinated people should put their masks back on when indoors in higher-risk areas.

The United States remains the worst-hit country with more than 34.9 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 613,000 deaths.

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