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Fauci cautions Biden that 'we are not where we need to be' after Biden declared 'pandemic is over'

Dr. Anthony Fauci, 81, said the pandemic is not over yet and that

Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Joe Biden that ‘we are not where we need to be’ a day after the president declared the pandemic ‘over’.

The statement comes just months after Fauci compared the COVID-19 pandemic to a “more endemic situation” in August, but the doctor now says it depends on “how we respond” to variants.

“We’re much better off now for a number of reasons you mentioned, but we’re not where we need to be if we’re going to be able to cite ‘living with the virus’ because we know we’re not going to eradicate it,” Fauci, 81, told Jay Stephen. Morrison, senior vice president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on Monday.

“How we respond and how we are prepared for the evolution of these variants will be up to us.”

Just a day earlier, the 79-year-old Biden declared that the ‘pandemic was over’, despite admitting directly afterwards that the US ‘still has a problem with COVID’.

“We’re still working a lot on that,” Biden said as he walked through the Detroit Auto Show for a 60 minutes interview. ‘But the pandemic is over. If you notice, no one wears masks, everyone seems to be in really good shape, so I think it’s changing and this is a perfect example of it.”

In a conversation with Jay Stephen Morrison (left) of CSIS, Fauci said the death rate was “unacceptably high” and that unless more Americans get vaccinated and boosted, it will continue to affect society.

The White House has since retracted Biden’s comments, telling CNN: “The president’s comments do not mark a change in policy toward the administration’s handling of the virus, and there are no plans to lift the emergency.” of public health”.

The health emergency is in effect until October 13 and has been in effect since January 2020.

Fauci took a different approach than the president, saying that while the “intensity” of the outbreak is much lower, the roughly 400 COVID-19 deaths per day is still “I think unacceptably high.”

‘[There is a] lack of uniform acceptance of the interventions that are available to us in this country where even now, more than two years, close to three years after the outbreak, we have only 67 percent of our population vaccinated and only half of them have it received a single boost,” Fauci told CSIS.

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Biden’s chief medical adviser, who is due to leave office in December, was more concerned about eradication rates in declaring that COVID-19 was over.

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

‘We are not going to eradicate it. It is unlikely that we will eliminate it, that we will get to a level of control low enough that it does not disrupt our social order and essentially dominates what happens in society’

The father-of-three admitted that the US is “heading in that direction”, it is unlikely to be completely eradicated, especially as fall and winter arrive.

He said a ‘suspicious’ variant is already ‘on the horizon’ and the constant possibility of new variants will continually change the game, unless the vaccination rate improves.

Fauci’s words came just a day after President Joe Biden (left) told 60 Minutes that the “pandemic is over,” despite admitting directly afterwards that the US “still has a problem with COVID” . About 400 Americans die every day due to the coronavirus

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In August, the doctor told NPR that increasing the vaccination rate could bring the virus “to a low enough level” that it would not disturb “our social order.”

“If we can get people who haven’t been vaccinated to get vaccinated, and certainly those who haven’t been vaccinated, we could be where you and I are talking now, where we want to be, like getting to the end of this year and next year,” he told NPR.

In May, Fauci had announced that he thought the US was “out of the pandemic phase” but quickly retracted his statements, saying it was closer to a “transition phase.”

He said at the time that he believed the United States would reach an “endemic” stage when he retired as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in December, a post he held for 38 years.

As of Monday, the US had more than 67,000 new cases of COVID-19, with a weekly average of 58,500.

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