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The government’s top infectious disease expert says families can feel safe trick-or-treating for Halloween this year as COVID-19 cases decline in the US, especially for those who have been vaccinated.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that it’s an important time of year for kids, so “go out there” and “enjoy it.”

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He added that those who want to enjoy Halloween on October 31 should consider getting shots for that “extra level of protection” if they haven’t been vaccinated yet.

The vaccines for COVID-19 have so far been approved for people 12 years of age and older. The Food and Drug Administration is planning a meeting in late October to consider Pfizer’s request for emergency use authorization of its vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a confirmation hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 in Washington, DC, US. Photographer: J.

Across the country, around 95,000 new COVID-19 cases are being reported in a day. Fauci called the downtrend “good news” but cautioned against declaring victory prematurely because cases have returned in the past.

He said he wants to see cases drop to less than 10,000 the day before the COVID-19 pandemic is released restrictions, such as wearing masks indoors in public places.