Biden and Fauci disagree over whether the pandemic is over

Washington DC - President Joe Biden said in an interview on Sunday with 60 Minutes that "the pandemic is over," but his top Covid-19 adviser isn't so optimistic.

President Joe Biden recently stated that "the pandemic is over," but the nation's top infections disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, doesn't quite agree.
President Joe Biden recently stated that "the pandemic is over," but the nation's top infections disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, doesn't quite agree.  © Collage: Drew Angerer/GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/Getty Images via AFP & ALMOND NGAN / AFP

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's foremost infectious disease expert, sat down with the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Monday and insisted the fight against the coronavirus pandemic isn't over yet.

"We are not where we need to be if we are going to quote 'live with the virus' because we k now we are not going to eradicate it," he said. "The next question we ask: 'Are we going to be able to eliminate it from our country or from most of the world?' and the answer is unlikely, because it is highly transmissible and the immunity that's induced by vaccine or infection is also transient."

Fauci, who recently announced the end of his government career , said that outbreaks are still "unacceptably high," citing recent data from the CDC that shows that more than 400 people in the US die from Covid-19 every day.

He also thinks that "the lack of a uniform acceptance of the interventions that are available to us in this country" contributed negatively to how we handle the virus, noting that "we have only 67% of our population vaccinated and only one-half of those have received a single boost."

Dr. Anthony Fauci did say that the US is "heading in the right direction," but warned that the upcoming late fall and winter seasons may bring about another variant.

Cover photo: Collage: Drew Angerer/GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/Getty Images via AFP & ALMOND NGAN / AFP

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