The number of hospital beds needed across the country is projected to peak in just over a week, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
America's top infectious disease specialist and incoming chief medical advisor to the Biden administration made the assertion as the U.S. struggles with vaccine roll-out setbacks.
The new, more infectious variant has been detected in California, Florida, New York, and Georgia. Fauci told Newsweek he would be "very surprised" if it was not in "several more states."
North and South Dakota are among the states that have administered the most number of vaccinations in the country so far.
America's top infectious disease expert told Newsweek that although the 501.V2 virus has not yet been detected, "sooner or later it will get here."
Arizona, which had the country's highest number of average daily cases per 100,000 people in the past week, is among the states that has administered the least number of vaccinations.
Arnold Herrera, a 19-year-old from Chicago, got COVID-19 last week, and died suddenly after his condition deteriorated at the turn of the year.
Over 4.5 milion Americans have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, as of Monday, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Professor Shabir Madhi, who is working on trials of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, has warned that mutated strains of the COVID-19 virus might be more resistant to vaccines.
Colorado was the first state to report a case of the COVID-19 variant on December 29. Other states have since followed.
If necessary, it is "perfectly possible" to tweak existing vaccines so that they are effective against the new strain, the researcher said.
After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell killed the chances of a $2,000 stimulus check passing in the Senate, a third payment now appears to hang on Democrats winning the Georgia runoffs.
The country's death count could reach up to 424,000 by the week ending January 23, according to the latest forecasts received by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"We are not where we want to be, there's no doubt about that," Fauci said.
The protest took place soon after California recorded its highest number of COVID-19 related deaths.
The WHO official's comments come as U.S. airports recorded their busiest day of the pandemic over the weekend.
America's top infectious disease expert tells Newsweek it has yet to be determined whether those vaccinated against COVID-19 can still pass the virus onto others.
Some gyms may be offering limited services amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
"It's not a party. It's not a bash. It's a religious gathering," said Garth Carlson, owner of the Carlson Event Center and Country Chapel in Winnebago.
"It's absolutely vital that this year, everybody continues to follow the guidance by staying at home and not mixing," said Stephen Powis, England's National Health Service's medical director.
America's top infectious diseases expert tells Newsweek: "We can end this outbreak…we know what the end game is, we've just got to implement it."
Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, fatigue, a dry cough, body aches, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat and a runny nose.