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Dr. Fauci Just Said When There'd Be Enough Vaccines for Everyone

Dr. Fauci says there will be enough vaccines for everyone by May.
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek
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President Joe Biden said there'd be enough COVID-19 vaccines for every American come May and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was put on the spot on Meet the Press yesterday to discuss how realistic that deadline was. Read on to see what he said, as well as hear his warning about how cases could rise—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

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Dr. Fauci Said There'd Be Enough Vaccines for Everyone by May

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"If you look just at what's happening, what the President has done is…two major things is he's gotten us a much larger supply of vaccine," said Dr. Fauci. "He negotiated with Moderna and Pfizer to get an additional hundred million doses each from the companies. We had a contract with J&J to have 100 million doses we've negotiated, yet again, another contract for an additional 100 doses. That's the supply. Then there's the issue of getting it into people's arms. And that's what we mobilize the community vaccine centers, the community health centers, pharmacies that are going to be getting it, mobile units that are going to be putting into areas that are poorly accessible and mobilization. A lot more people are going to be doing the vaccinations from the military to volunteer—retired physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers. So, you know, that's really a full court press, and that's the reason why we're going to be at least a couple of months ahead of where we thought we would be." Keep reading to see what might get in the way of this plan.

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Dr. Fauci Says Cases Could Rise So Continue to Be Careful

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"I don't think there's much that's going to prevent us from having quantitatively the number of vaccines that the president promised," said Fauci, unless there was a "major production glitch, those things happen, you can't guarantee a 100 percent that they won't." "More of a concern that I have," said Fauci, "is that we'll have what's called variant increases where you may have another surge. If you look at the numbers that have gone down, they've gone down so nicely in a very steep decline, but in the last couple of weeks, we've had a plateauing of infections. And the thing that concerns me as, because it's history, it proves that I should be concerned is that when you get a plateau at a level around 60,000 new infections per day, there's always the risk of another surge. And that's the thing we really want to avoid because we are going in the right directions."

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Dr. Fauci Warns You Don't Pull Back on Public Health Measures Now

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"That's why I get so anxious when I hear pulling back completely on public health measures," said Fauci, "like saying no more masks, no, nothing like that. I mean, that is a risky business. Even though the decline was steep, we absolutely need to avoid the urge to say, 'Oh, everything is going great,' which is going in the right direction. But once you declare victory, you know, that metaphor that people say, if you're going for a touchdown, don't spike the ball on the five yard line waiting till you get into the end zone. And we're not in the end zone yet."

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Dr. Fauci Says Don't Let Politics Influence Your Decision to Get the Vaccine

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Dr. Fauci hopes President Trump might mobilize his base, since one poll shows nearly 50% of Republican men are reluctant to get the vaccine. "I hope he does because the numbers that you gave us so disturbing how such a large proportion of a certain group of people would not want to make, would not want to get vaccinated merely because of political consideration. It makes absolutely no sense. And I've been saying that for so long, we've got to dissociate political persuasion from what's common sense, no brainer, public health things. The history of vaccinology has rescued us from smallpox, from polio, from measles, from all of the other diseases. What is the problem here? This is a vaccine that is going to be life-saving…"

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How to Stay Safe During This Pandemic

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Follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, 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.