WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Dr. Anthony Fauci told PBS on Tuesday that the US is “out of the pandemic phase” with COVID-19.
- Fauci on Wednesday walked back his comments, saying his words could have “lead to some misinterpretation.
- He clarified that he was referring to an “acute, fulminant phase.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci walked back his comments that the United States is “out of the pandemic phase.”
On Wednesday, the leading infectious disease expert clarified to NPR that “I probably should have said the acute component of the pandemic phase, and I understand how that can lead to some misinterpretation.”
Fauci told PBS NewsHour on Tuesday that “we are certainly, right now, in this country, out of the pandemic phase.”
Fauci noted that Covid-19 cases are at “a low level right now.” He told PBS that the U.S. doesn’t “have 900,000 new infections a day and tens and tens and tens of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths. So, if you’re saying, are we out of the pandemic phase in this country? We are.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday also tried to clarify Fauci’s comments.
“What Dr. Fauci was saying is that we are in a different phase of this pandemic, and that’s absolutely true,” Psaki said. She added that “we also know COVID isn’t over and the pandemic isn’t over.”
The Biden administration once again struggles with increasing coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. But this time, many Americans are not willing to follow mitigation measures like mask-wearing.
Fauci has been the target of criticism from Republicans and critics who are against masking and vaccine mandates and questioned changing coronavirus guidance.
Covid-19 infections get closer to the White House as Vice President Kamala Harris tested positive for the coronavirus this week. She announced that she has no symptoms.
The White House said it is still following COVID-19 protocols. But due to risk concerns, Fauci backed out of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this weekend while Biden announced he will not attend the dinner portion of the event.
Source: New York Post