Dr. Anthony Fauci shared his concern for the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.
With cases spiking across the country, some experts consider the third wave as "more as an elongated — and an exacerbation of — the original first wave."
Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, gave a bleak warning about the nation's trajectory amid the recent rise in daily cases at Yahoo Finance's annual All Markets Summit, according to New York Post.
"We started to see a peak that brought us up to around 70,000 per day," Fauci said, adding that, "Now as we're getting into the cold weather, we came back up again to the worst that we've ever had, which was over 80,000 per day."
“So you know, it's kind of semantics,” he added. “You want to call the third wave or an extended first wave. No matter how you look at it, it's not good news.”
Just this week, Fauci predicted that in early December, experts will know whether a COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. However, the doctor said that widespread availability would probably not happen until next year.
“We will know whether a vaccine is safe and effective by the end of November, beginning of December,” Fauci said. “The amount of doses that will be available in December will not certainly be enough to vaccinate everybody -- you’ll have to wait several months into 2021.”
Fauci added that the vaccination of a “substantial proportion of the population” that could have a “significant impact on the dynamics of the outbreak” may not be possible until mid-April.
Data from Johns Hopkins University reports that the case count has surpassed 8.7 million, and the death toll rose above 225,000. Throughout the world, more than 1.1 million people have died.