COVID-19 May Last Till End Of 2021: Anthony Fauci

Henrietta Brewer
September 14, 2020

President Trump has been boasting about the accelerated COVID-19 vaccine timeline and in general, seems to downplay the seriousness of the pandemic, however, Trump's brand of uhm, toxic positivity always needs to be tempered by actual facts and science and that's why we have Dr. Anthony Fauci.

During a televised interview, MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell asked Dr. Anthony Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, about his comments earlier this week that it may not be safe to attend movie theaters or indoor events until a year after the USA has a safe, effective vaccine.

"If you're talking about getting back to a degree of normality which resembles where we were prior to COVID, it's going to be well into 2021, maybe even towards the end of 2021", Fauci said. "We should not be thinking of the vaccine as a silver bullet,"Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University who previously served as Baltimore's health commissioner, said Friday".

As of September 11, there are 6.42 million cases of COVID-19 in the United States, with about 192,000 reported deaths.

"By the time you mobilize the distribution of the vaccination and you get the majority or more of the population vaccinated and protected that's likely not gonna happen till the mid or end of 2021", Fauci said in the MSNBC interview.

Fauci's comments come as the US has reported around 35,200 new cases every day, which is down more than 12% from a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of Johns Hopkins University data.

The pandemic has caused more than 6.3 million confirmed cases and more than 191,000 deaths in the USA, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

Asked about the outdoor campaign rallies Trump has resumed before his November 3 matchup against Democrat Joe Biden, Fauci said they are "absolutely" risky.

"I just think we need to hunker down and get through this fall and winter, because it's not going to be easy".

"Don't ever, ever underestimate the potential of the pandemic".

Fauci added that the pandemic could worsen if Americans weren't careful. "As long as there is infection in the community, you do not want indoor spaces with crowds", he said Friday.

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