Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, called the Delta variant a "bad actor" and stressed the importance of getting more people in the US vaccinated Monday morning.
“You’re dealing with a real bad actor virus," Fauci said of the Delta variant on CBS This Morning, noting that the virus can transmit much more easily.
Fauci said the number of people in the country not vaccinated “really is the concern,” because the vaccines being used in the US do well against the Delta variant — particularly against severe disease that leads to the hospitalization
He said there is a special concern about the areas that have a level of vaccination hovering around 30% or so.
“You’ve got to do much better than that," he said, or else there could be "a considerable increase in the number of cases that are going to be localized to those areas with low vaccination rates."