Fauci pushes back on Biden’s claim Covid is over: ‘We are not where we need to be’

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Anthony Fauci said on Monday that the US is not where it should be regarding the coronavirus pandemic, just a day after the US president claimed that the “pandemic is over”.

“How we respond and how prepared we are to develop these forms will depend on us,” said the White House’s top medical adviser.

“And that gets to the other conflicting aspect of it – there is a lack of uniform acceptance of the interventions available to us in this country, where even now, more than two years, closer to three years, into the outbreak, we have our population. Only 67 percent of the population has been vaccinated and only half of them have received a single boost.

Joe Biden said on Sunday that the pandemic is over in the US, even as there is evidence that the number of Americans dying from Covid continues to rise. Although Mr Biden said “we still have a problem”, the situation was rapidly improving.

In an interview, Mr Biden said: “The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with Covid. We are still working a lot on this. It is – but the pandemic is over. Mind you, no one is wearing a mask. Everyone’s condition is looking very good. And so I think that’s changing. And I think it’s a perfect example of that.”

Meanwhile, Mr Fauci said that “we are not where we should be, if we are going to be able to, quote, ‘live with the virus,’ because we know we are not going to eradicate it.”

“We only did this with one virus, which is smallpox, and that was very different because smallpox doesn’t change from year to year, or decade to decade, or even century to century.

“And we have vaccines and infections that confer immunity that lasts for decades and possibly a lifetime,” he said.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk /

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