Dr Fauci says the US is ‘definitely’ still in the Covid-19 pandemic

Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to the White House, speaks during the COVID-19 briefing at the White House on November 22, 2022 in Washington, DC.

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The nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, said the US was “certainly” still in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and he was “very worried” by the split in US politics. Ky.

“As a public health official, I don’t want to see anyone suffer and die from Covid,” he told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “I don’t care if you’re a far-right Republican or a far-left Democrat, everyone deserves to be safe with good public health and that’s not going to happen.”

Fauci said 300 to 400 people still die from Covid every day, and the absorption rate of the latest booster vaccine is less than 15%.

“I think the idea that forget it, this is over – it’s not,” he said.

The 81-year-old has become a household name throughout covid-19 pandemic, fighting misinformation — sometimes from the highest levels of government. He challenged the former President Donald Trump about everything from hydroxychloroquine use to masked missions, and his unwavering commitment to science has made him almost a celebrity.

White House Covid-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha said Sunday that he knows Americans have had two long years, but that getting vaccinated before the holiday season is still “critically important.” “.

“We understand that people want to keep going,” Jha told ABC News’ “This Week,” “The good news is they can keep going if they keep their immunity up to date.”

Fauci announced the plan in August to step down from his role running the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and advise the White House as chief medical adviser at the end of the year. he gave Final Covid briefing scheduled Third, where he encourages people to get vaccinated.

Fauci said on Sunday: “I hope to be remembered for what I tried to do, bring only science, medicine and public health principles to the very serious crises we encountered. right”. “Like I said before, I’ve given my all to make it.”

Fauci has advised seven US presidents, starting with Ronald Reagan on the HIV/AIDS pandemic, West Nile virus, the 2001 anthrax attack, the influenza pandemic, various avian influenza threats, Ebola, Zika and most recently Covid and chickenpox.


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