The Latest: Dr. Fauci warns of possible virus surge in US

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He is urging Americans to remain cautious while the nation races to vaccinate its citizens

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FILE – In this Feb. 25, 2021, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listens as President Joe Biden speaks during an event to commemorate the 50 millionth COVID-19 shot in Washington. Fauci said Sunday, March 14, he wishes former President Donald Trump would use his popularity among Republicans to persuade his followers to get the COVID-19 vaccine. In a round of interviews on the morning news shows, Fauci lamented polling showing that Trump supporters are more likely to refuse to get vaccinated, saying politics needs to be separated from “commonsense, no-brainer” public health measures. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci is warning that a surge of coronavirus cases in Europe could foreshadow a similar surge in the United States.

Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, is urging Americans to remain cautious while the nation races to vaccinate its citizens.

In an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Fauci says he is “optimistic” of the vaccines’ effectiveness and expressed hope that AstraZeneca’s vaccine could join the arsenal of inoculations.

He deemed it an “unforced error” that the company may have used outdated data in a clinical trial, perhaps casting doubt on its effectiveness. But he says Americans should take comfort knowing the FDA would conduct an independent review before it was approved for use in the United States.

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THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

— Germany is extending its lockdown by another month and imposing new restrictions to drive down the rate of infections

— Sinovac says its COVID-19 vaccine is safe in children as young as 3 and has submitted the data to Chinese regulators

— Town in Colombian mountains uses discipline of locals, social-distancing campaign to stay virus-free

— One Good Thing: Artist Yang Qian is channeling her memories from the height of the pandemic into artwork

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