Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke with CNN and provided an estimate for the end of the pandemic.
In an interview with CNN, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that there’s a clear plan for containing the pandemic by 2022, but that it’s “up to us” to contain it.
“If we can get through this winter and vaccinate the majority, overwhelming majority of the 90 million people who have not been vaccinated, I hope we could start to get some good control in the spring of 2022,” he said.
Dr. Fauci believes that by getting the vast majority of Americans vaccinated there could be a degree of protection for the majority of the community, as soon as Spring 2022, giving us all a semblance of normalcy and return back to our everyday lives.
Knowing that plenty of predictions like this have been made in the past, Dr. Fauci was clear in explaining that, if people don’t act quickly enough, another variant like Delta could pop up and derail the whole recovery process by a few months, as it is happening now. “This is a very wily virus. We thought we were going to have that degree of freedom as we got into the Fourth of July and the summer,” he said. “Then along comes the sucker punch with the delta variant, which is extraordinary in its capability of spreading from person to person.”
New variants emerge when the virus finds new unvaccinated bodies to contaminate, propagating and surviving in ways that prove more difficult for people to recuperate.
Despite the apparent slow progression of vaccinations, the fact that the Pzifer vaccine has earned FDA approval means that more people will be open to getting their shot. States that have taken measures that promote vaccinations, like allowing indoor dining only to people who’ve been vaccinated and vaccinated events only, will all contribute to speedier vaccinations.