Dr. Fauci Just Said When We'd Get "Back to Normal"
With more than 406,000 coronavirus deaths in America, and the vaccine distribution plan a seeming disaster, it will be a while until we get our old lives back. "The brutal truth is it's going to take months before we can get the majority of Americans vaccinated," said President Joe Biden yesterday. He promised that 100 million people would be vaccinated in his first 100 days, and number that has raised hopes—and eyebrows, given its ambition. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was asked about just that during his first press conference as Chief Medical Advisor to the President. Read on to see what he said about when we'd get back to normal—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Dr. Fauci Said We Could "Approach a Degree of Normality" By Fall
When asked about the 100 million vaccines, Dr. Fauci said: "The goal that was set by the president, and getting a hundred million people vaccinated in the first hundred days is quite a reasonable goal," he said. "And when you get to the point and one of the things that I think is something we need to pay attention to—and I quite frankly have been spending a considerable amount of my own time—is outreaching, particularly to minority communities, to make sure that you get them to be vaccinated. You explain why it's so important for themselves, their family and their community. If we get 70 to 85% of the country vaccinated, let's say by the end of the summer, middle of the summer, I believe by the time we get to the fall, we will be approaching a degree of normality. It's not going to be perfectly normal, but one that I think will take a lot of pressure off the American public."
Dr. Fauci repeated it again this morning on CNN's New Day: "Hopefully, that will be as we enter into the fall and end the summer."
Dr. Fauci Said The Administration Was "Ramping Up" Vaccine Plan
There's a chance you want your vaccine but haven't been able to make an appointment. Fauci said of the current distribution plan, "We certainly are not going to be starting from scratch because there is activity going on in distribution. But if you look at the plan that the President has put forward about the things that he is going to do, namely get community vaccine centers up or involved where appropriate, get the Wartime Production Act involved, not only perhaps with getting more vaccine, but even the things you need to get a good vaccine program—for example, needles and syringes—that might be more useful than that. So it's taking what's going on, but amplifying it in a big way."
He could not, however, say when you could walk into a CVS and get vaccinated.
How to Stay Healthy During This Pandemic
Follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.