Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Sunday that he thinks the COVID-19 pandemic
will get worse and told Americans to expect a post-holiday season
“We very well might see a post-seasonal — in the sense of Christmas,
New Years — surge or as I’ve described it, a surge upon a surge,” Fauci
told CNN anchor Dana Bash on “State of the Union.”
Asked by Bash if he thinks the “worst is still yet to come,” Fauci
said, “I do.”
“If you look at the slope, the incline of cases we’ve experienced as
we’ve got into the late fall and soon-to-be early winter, it really is
quite troubling,” said Fauci, an immunologist who serves as the
director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
and on the White House Coronavirus Task Force.
But Fauci said vaccines to prevent the virus should reach most
Americans by the end of April, even though the goal of 20 million doses
for December will not be reached. “I believe we’ll catch up with the
projection that by the time we get to April, mid-late April, you’ll
have taken the high-priority people and already accounted for them, and
then anyone can get vaccinated,” Fauci said.
Meanwhile, Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said he, too, expects a post-holiday increase in cases.
“We always see a little bit of a bump after holidays and sometimes a
large bump. But what the important thing for people to understand is
that even if you traveled, it doesn’t mean you just throw your hands up
in the air and say, oh well. There are measures that you can take. And
the CDC, I’d like to remind people, recommends that three to five days
after travel or after you’ve been around people without a mask on, you
go out and get tested,” Adams said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“But here’s what the American people most need to know, mitigation
works,” he said. “The science shows that it works. So if you’re worried
about a new, potentially more contagious variant, it is that much more important that we follow the four W’s, wear a mask, wash your hands,
watch your distance, and the fourth one is, wait on gatherings,
especially with one last holiday coming up, New Year’s. We need to be
Pfizer’s vaccine, the first in the U.S., was approved by the FDA for
emergency use authorization (EUA) on Dec. 11. The FDA on Dec. 18 also
approved Moderna’s EUA request. Both are now being distributed.
Moderna said its data showed their vaccine was 95% effective in its
late-stage clinical trial, the same as Pfizer’s. The Moderna vaccine
was developed in conjunction with the Trump administration’s Operation
A key advantage of Moderna’s vaccine is that it does not need sub-zero
storage like Pfizer’s, which needs to be stored at -94 degrees.
A third vaccine is also in the pipeline. AstraZeneca and Oxford
University on Nov. 23 said their jointly created COVID-19 vaccine has
proven to be up to 90% effective. That vaccine is expected to roll out
as early as Monday.
Joe Biden went from stealing someone's wife, to stealing speeches, to
stealing money, to stealing an election.
He has really grown as a politician.
-- Michael Moore