Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Tuesday morning that COVID-19 might mutate into a “monster variant” capable of sending fully vaccinated people to the hospital, in what seems like a sharp contrast to how he answered the same question just one week ago.
Dr. Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical advisor, has seemingly answered the question of whether a new variant may emerge that one day will overcome the currently authorized COVID-19 vaccine in an ever-changing variety of ways, with contrasting emphases, for months.
On Tuesday morning, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski warned about potentially deadly “breakthrough cases” — instances in which someone who is fully vaccinated gets COVID-19 — before asking Fauci “where this virus could go.”
She added, “I’m hearing anecdotally, through people I know, about breakthrough cases that are really serious — that end up with people being on ventilators. These are people who are vaccinated but still got Covid.”
“What is the potential that this spirals beyond [the] Delta [variant] to monster variant?” she