Dr Anthony Fauci provided ideas on what India can do immediately, in the medium and long term to control the outbreak.
Expressing concern over the surge in coronavirus cases in India, the leading US public health expert and chief White House medical adviser Dr Anthony Fauci on Monday recommended a nationwide lockdown, a mass vaccination campaign and the construction of a large number of makeshift hospitals.
“It is quite obvious to everyone that the situation in India is extremely serious,” said Dr Fauci, considered one of the world’s leading infectious disease specialists. PTI in an interview.
“When so many people are infected… the lack of ability to care for everyone; when you have hospital bed and oxygen shortages and supply shortages it really becomes a very dire situation. This is why we believe it is important for the rest of the world to help out, to the extent that they can, ”said Dr Fauci.
Keeping a close eye on developments in India, as US President Joe Biden prepared the administration to help India, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said India could do some things immediately, mid-term and long-term.
“First of all now, they should start vaccinating as many people as possible, with both the vaccines they are developing themselves in India and the vaccine stocks they could get from others. suppliers, whether it is the United States, whether it is Russia … whatever country wants it, whenever companies are ready to supply vaccines, “said Dr Fauci.
However, getting someone “vaccinated now” does not solve today’s problem, he noted, adding that it helps prevent a problem several weeks from now.
“But the immediate solution right now is, and I know India is already doing this, so I’m not telling you something that you aren’t already doing. A few days ago I recommended and believe that at least parts of India do, that you close the country on lockdown, ”he said.
“Because other countries, including for example what China did last year, what Australia did in an epidemic, what New Zealand did, what others countries have done is to lock themselves in completely for a relatively limited period of time. You don’t have to lock in for six months. You can lock in for a few weeks. Because when you lock, it is well known, with the experience of other countries, that the lock definitely interferes with the dynamics of the viral epidemic and you could interfere with the continuity and the transmission of the infection ”, a said Dr Fauci.
He also recommended taking the help of the armed forces to immediately build makeshift field hospitals.
“You will recall that last year, when China had a very serious problem, it mobilized its resources to build new hospitals very, very quickly, so that they could handle all the people who needed hospitalization,” a- he declared.
Referring to media reports, he said there was a severe shortage of hospital beds and people were being taken care of under makeshift arrangements.
“So it might be possible, with the help of your own soldiers, to set up field hospitals as you would in wartime, so that people who are sick and need a bed are ‘hospital have hospital beds,’ he said.
Maybe the Indian government is already doing it, he noted.
Dr Fauci said the world can help by providing India with the materials and maybe even the personnel they need to make it right.
For example, the United States supplies oxygen cylinders, concentrators and production units, he said.
Dr Fauci said India often helps other countries in emergencies.
“Considering the fact that India is currently under such terrible stress due to the scale of the epidemic, the rest of the world should step up to help them, as the United States is doing,” he said. he declares.
“We are very sorry that India is going through this very, very difficult time,” he said.