After spending more than 12 years as director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins is retiring this weekend. But he’s no less worried about the public health agency’s latest pandemic curveball.
As the omicron variant threatens record-breaking rates of infections in the U.S., Collins departs with a warning. If Americans don’t take COVID-19 seriously, the country could see 1 million daily infections, he said.
“We cannot afford to let down our guard,” Collins told NPR’s Scott Detrow in an interview with Weekend Edition.
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NIH director Francis Collins tells us Omicron could hit A MILLION CASES A DAY soon.
— Scott Detrow (@scottdetrow) December 19, 2021