Dr Anthony Fauci, the leading disease expert in the United States, said in an interview Monday that he was wrong when he said the country could get the virus under control by fall 2022, a another full year.
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Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN that the mistake occurred in a previous interview with NPR.
Fauci apologized and said he had listened to the interview. He tried to clarify and said if more Americans sign up to take the vaccines – as well as those who have already recovered from the virus – the country could get “good control in the spring.”
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This is not the first time that Fauci has been asked when he believes the country will regain some semblance of normality, and it then opens the debate on what exactly “normality” means.
In October, in an online discussion that if a significant number of Americans get vaccinated, he estimates a return to “some semblance of normalcy” by the end of 2021 or 2022. He said at the time that the new normal could always mean restaurants don’t. serve at full capacity and the public continuing to wear face masks indoors.