As health experts in the United States brace for a potential surge in COVID-19 cases, Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci believes that we will likely need a fourth dose of the vaccine.

“I would project that sooner or later, we will need a fourth,” Fauci said, as reported by Bloomberg. “I would predict that we are going to see a bit of an increase, or at least a flattening out and plateauing of the diminution of cases. And the question is how do we deal with that.”

Fauci also emphasized that “we have to be really careful and not declare total victory prematurely,” clarifying his belief that “we will be able to settle into a degree of normality.”

Government data from the United Kingdom show that infections are on the rise, as the seven-day average has increased to nearly 65,000 from 55,000 the previous month. Infections in Italy, the Netherlands, France, and Switzerland are also increasing. Fauci says we need to be "careful" as whatever occurs in the U.K. typically follows suit in the U.S. a few weeks later.

After Congress dismissed adding nearly $23 billion in funding, the White House has stated that the United States will shortly use up all its financing for COVID-19 relief, including treatments and subsequent booster shots. As a result, the Biden administration is calling off plans to buy more monoclonal antibody treatments, although Democrats are likely to continue with an independent COVID funding bill.