dr Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, made a point on Monday to clarify the current status of the pandemic.
During a fireside chat with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Fauci pointed out that COVID-19 is unlikely to be eradicated.
“We’re not where we need to be if we can quote ‘living with the virus,’ because we know we’re not going to eradicate it,” Fauci said.
“The next question we ask ourselves is, ‘Will we be able to eliminate it from our country or from most of the world?’ and the answer is unlikely because it is highly transmissible and the immunity induced by vaccine or infection is also transient.”
Fauci’s clarification follows a statement Biden made during a 60 Minutes interview that aired Sunday.
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When asked if the pandemic was over, Biden said, “The pandemic is over. We still have an issue with COVID, we’re still working a lot on it; but the pandemic is over.”
Interestingly, Fauci had made a similar comment back in April during a PBS News Hour interview.
During the interview, Judy Wooduff asked how close the population is to the end of this pandemic.
Fauci began by saying that this was an “unanswerable question” and went on to elaborate.
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“We’re certainly out of the pandemic phase in this country,” Fauci said.
Fauci added, “Because we don’t have 900,000 new infections a day and tens of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths.
“We are currently at a low level. So if you say, ‘Are we out of the pandemic phase in this country,’ then we are.”
According to the CSIS interview, Fauci claimed that the virus continued to be a problem, in part due to “a lack of consistent acceptance of the interventions available to us in this country.”
“Even now, more than two years, almost three years after the outbreak, we have only vaccinated 67 percent of our population and only half of that has received a single booster,” Fauci said.
He readily admitted that a drop in the numbers is an indicator that things are going in the right direction, but that he thinks it’s likely that we’ll see another variant pop up in late fall and early winter.
Fauci announced in August that he would step down as Biden’s medical adviser and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in December, according to the New York Times.
He added that he was “not retiring in the traditional sense” as he wanted to “try to get the younger generation excited about entering the civil service.”
Fauci has been the director of NIAID for 38 years.
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