Top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said Wednesday that it might be 2022 until the U.S. sees “some semblances of normality.”
During a University of Melbourne panel discussion, Fauci said it’s possible a “substantial proportion of the people” won’t receive vaccination until the second or third quarter of next year, even with the U.S. getting a vaccine in the next few months.
“I think it will be easily by the end of 2021, and perhaps even into the next year, before we start having some semblances of normality,” the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said.
“We’re not in a good place,” Fauci added. “Now we’re averaging about 70,000 [cases] a (day). That’s a bad position to be in.”
He also encouraged Americans who want to avoid another shutdown to wear a mask.
“If you don’t want to shut down, at least do the fundamental basic things, which are really the flagship of which is wearing a mask,” Fauci said. “We can’t have this very inconsistent wearing that you see, where you see some states that absolutely refuse to wear a mask.”
Johns Hopkins University reported that the average number of new cases is up 21 percent this week compared to last week. But testing has only jumped 6.63 percent in the same period, according to CNN analysis of the COVID Tracking Project, negating the argument that more testing is leading to more cases.
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