“We are in a different moment of the pandemic,” Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease specialist, told the Associated Press.
After a brutal winter outbreak, “we have now slowed down and entered a more controlled phase,” he said. “By no means does this mean that the pandemic is over.”
His comments came a day after he told PBS “NewsHour” that the US was “out of the pandemic phase” and also told the Washington Post that the country was finally “out of the full explosive pandemic phase”.
Fauci’s observations reflect how health authorities are battling the next stage of the pandemic – how to keep COVID-19 cases and hospitals manageable and learn to live with what is still a mutated and unpredictable virus.
Fauci said the United States seemed to be outside what it called the “best phase” of the pandemic, huge variants that at worst triggered hundreds of thousands of infections daily, along with tens of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths.
COVID-19 cases are lower than in recent months and two-thirds of the US population has been vaccinated. Almost half of those who need a booster dose have taken the extra dose and effective treatments are available.
“We are much, much better than we were a year ago,” he said.
However, there have been calm in the past, and while cases are low, they are rising in many parts of the country. Vaccination rates worldwide are much lower, especially in developing countries.
To keep improving, Fauci made a to-do list: Vaccinate more people completely. to develop even better vaccines. find the best support strategy for dealing with variations. and make sure people can access treatment as soon as they need it.
“We can not lift our foot off the pedal,” Fauci said. “There is a lot of dynamics of the virus around the world and we may have another variant that could lead to another possible increase.”
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