Fauci said ‘adequate control’ would include fewer than 10,000 infections every day
With an average of about 90,000 new COVID-19 infections in the US every day and some 66 million Americans uninfected, President Biden’s chief medical adviser, Dr Anthony Fauci, said the country needed to regain control to reach normalcy.
“Most of the world, and in some cases including myself, are still in the midst of a pandemic,” Fauci said at a virtual White House briefing on Wednesday, “we are looking for a level of control of the virus that will allow us to . Essentially to be able to approach that kind of normal that we’ve all yearned for and that we all talk about.”
While the US faces a decline in new infections, hospitalizations and deaths, Fauci said a threshold for adequate containment would include fewer than 10,000 daily new cases.
“It’s going to be very difficult, at least in the near future and probably never, to really eliminate this highly contagious virus,” Fauci told the briefing, referring to cases during the spring, summer and fall of 2020. The numbers point to an increase in, and more recently, the end of the summer of 2021. He said that each time the reported cases spiked and subsequently decreased, the country never achieved proper containment.
“While we can achieve control without a doubt, it is within our power and within our ability,” Fauci said, citing a five-fold reduction in the risk of infection in fully vaccinated individuals, compared to those who do not. compared to those who have not yet received shots, as well as a more than tenfold decline in hospitalization and death risk, respectively.