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We were hit with the BA.1 -- wave of infections in December, January. We saw BA.2. And now we're seeing, in a large chunk of the country, BA.2.12.1. They are more contagious with more immune escape, and they are driving a lot of the increases in infection that we're seeing across the nation right now.
We're looking at a range of models, both internal and external models, and what they're predicting is that if we don't get ahead of this thing, we're going to have a lot of waning immunity, this virus continues to evolve, and we may see a pretty sizable wave of infections, hospitalizations and deaths this fall and winter.
We're seeing two sets of things happening : A lot of vaccinated people getting infected. We're doing fine. Largely avoiding getting particularly sick, avoiding the hospital ; a lot of unvaccinated people and high-risk people who have not gotten boosted and they're really filling up the hospitals, and so our hospital systems are under a lot of stress.
If we just don't vaccinate, then obviously one of the things we've known is we get big outbreaks, you can get more variants, it's going to be hard to do those large gatherings, indoor concerts, outdoor baseball games, this stuff will get much, much harder if we do not make more progress on vaccinations.
If we made IP available today, we will not add vaccines today. It's about tech transfer, knowledge of making vaccines. This is really about a complex biological agent. It's not clear to me that George Mason University.The moment India has a lot of unused vaccine capacity. The issue is building new capacity.
For selfish reasons, every country should be concerned about large outbreaks that are out of control, countries like the United Kingdom and United States are doing a great job with vaccinations, and they should be feeling great about United Kingdom, but United Kingdom's only as good as variants that are out there.
I think it’s critically important that we keep indoor mask mandates in for a while. We can’t give up on those, not while infection numbers are high. But it also means telling people what they can relax on, and wearing masks outside, again, unless you’re in a very, very crowded space for extended periods of time, probably doesn’t do much to protect you or protect others.
One is the underlying level of infection is rising, which is obviously the thing we are most concerned about, but in about 18 to 20 states, the number of tests that are being done is actually falling. And it's falling because our testing system is under such strain that we just can't even deliver the tests today that we were doing two weeks ago in about 18 to 20 states. That's very concerning because when cases are rising, and your number of tests are falling, that's a recipe for disaster.
It was good to have the President address the pandemic and the crisis that we are all in, i like the fact he acknowledged the importance of wearing masks and that he acknowledged things will get worse. Unfortunately, there was also a certain amount of misinformation about how great America is doing.
What we saw was,around Memorial Day, the country started to open up and some states were in pretty good shape and eventually opened very slowly, other states already had a lot of cases and they opened pretty rapidly, and what I think were seeing is a mix of some of that higher levels of cases and some outbreaks.