Thu. Apr 22nd, 2021

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Dr. Anthony Fauci is offering hope despite dark warnings about the coronavirus variations slowly spreading around the globe.

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says there could be a modest weakening of the vaccines against some variants, but “there’s enough cushion with the vaccines that we have that we still consider them to be effective against both the UK strain and the South Africa strain.” 

He also warned that more mutations are possible and said scientists are preparing to adapt the vaccines if necessary. Fauci also forecast a “strong turn toward a degree of normality” but did not provide a timeline.

In the headlines:

►The global total of coronavirus cases surpassed 100 million Tuesday, according to the Johns Hopkins University dashboard. The U.S., with a little over 4% of the world’s population, has more than 25% of the infections and nearly 20% of the deaths.

►Legendary basketball coach Rick Pitino said Tuesday that he has recovered from COVID-19. Pitino, who coaches for Iona University, said nine of the team’s 17 players, two coaches and two managers have tested positive since Jan. 4.

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