Biden’s chief medical advisor and NIAID Director Anthony Fauci said this week that the United States is now out of a “full-blown pandemic phase” — more than two years after COVID-19 was first detected in the United States.
The Big Picture: Fauci, a government representative who has been a regular in the news for the past two years, has regularly given his predictions, forecasts and analysis on the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a timeline of his notes, consolidated for the sake of brevity.
March 15, 2020: Fauci Says that the United States “should be overly aggressive and criticized for overreacting” to COVID-19.
- “For a while, life won’t be what it used to be in the States,” he said. “We just have to accept that if we want to do better for the American public.”
March 29, 2020: Fauci Warn Models suggest that the coronavirus could infect millions of Americans and could kill between 100,000 and 200,000 people.
April 2, 2020: Fauci urging All US states are implementing stay-at-home orders to curb the virus, in stark contrast to then-President Trump’s calls for “flexibility”.
April 12, 2020: Fauci Says That “no one would deny” that lives could have been saved during the pandemic if Trump had taken social distancing measures before March.
- “But that’s what it is. We are where we are now,” he added.
May 12, 2020: says Fauci unequivocally The US will “undoubtedly” face more infections and deaths in the fall and winter if testing, contact tracing and social distancing measures are not ramped up.
June 6, 2020: Fauci says ho ‘Very worried’ About the protests following the death of George Floyd that led to an increase in cases of COVID-19.
June 28, 2020: Fauci Says The effectiveness of vaccines and Americans’ opposition to the injections make herd immunity “unbearable.”
June 30, 2020: Fauci Witness He “wouldn’t be surprised” if the US started reporting as many as 100,000 new coronavirus cases per day.
- “I am very concerned and not satisfied with what is going on because we are going in the wrong direction,” he said.
September 11, 2020: Fauci warns that everyday life in the United States is unlikely to be this way back to normal By the end of 2020, he said pre-coronavirus conditions may not return even “far until 2021, and possibly until the end of 2021”.
October 9, 2020: Fauci says there was “a super spreader at the White House,” referring to the ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House to introduce then-Supreme Court nominee Amy Connie Barrett.
October 28, 2020: Fauci Warn That a COVID-19 vaccine likely won’t be ready until at least January 2021. He adds that the United States is in a “bad situation” after failing to keep case numbers down after the summer.
January 17, 2021: Fauci praises Then-President-elect Joe Biden’s plan to give 100 million COVID-19 vaccines in 100 days is “definitely … achievable.”
February 15, 2021: Fauci Says “Axios on HBO” that despite the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, emerging variables could be a “stumbling block.”
- “You don’t want people to feel complacent,” he said. “We still have a long way to go.”
May 20, 2021: Fauci begging with Americans to vaccinate against the virus, saying that if 70% of Americans receive a single dose of the vaccine by July 4, “there will be enough protection in the community that I don’t really expect there to be a risk of an increase.”
June 9, 2021: Fauci urging Americans must be vaccinated to stop the spread of the delta variant.
- “We don’t want to allow what is currently happening in the UK to happen in the US, where there is a disturbing variable that is basically taking over as the dominant variant.”
August 4, 2021: Fauci fears it will be more deadly i hate From being caused by delta can be around the corner.
- “If else [variant] It comes with a high transmission also but it’s also more dangerous, so we could be really in trouble,” he said.
August 12, 2021: Fauci Expect It is “likely” that everyone will need a booster vaccine in the future.
August 24, 2021: Fauci Says That the United States could return to a “normal degree” by the spring of 2022 if more Americans are vaccinated against COVID-19.
September 9, 2021: Fauci Says Axios reports that Americans are getting COVID-19 at 10 times the rate needed to end the pandemic.
- “The end of the game is the suppression of the virus. Right now, we are still in a pandemic situation, because we have 160,000 new infections per day. This is not even a modest good control … which means it is a threat to public health,” he said.
November 17, 2021: Fauci Expect that COVID-19 could reach endemic levels in the United States by 2022, but added that increased vaccinations are necessary to reach this.
November 28, 2021: Fauci warns that the Omicron variant will “Inevitably“It is in the United States and urges the country to intensify precautionary measures, including vaccinations, to stop the spread of the disease.
- “If and when, it will be when, It’s coming in here, and we’re hopeful that we’ll be prepared for that by strengthening our capabilities with the vaccine, the masking — all the things that we’re doing, and we should be doing,” Fauci says.
December 19, 2021: Fauci predicts that the United States will see register Numbers of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in the coming weeks due to the highly transmissible Omicron variant.
- “We will see significant pressures in some areas of the country on the hospital system, especially in those areas where the level of vaccination is low.”
December 23, 2021: Fauci Warn Large gatherings during the holiday season are unsafe even for people who have been fully vaccinated due to the Omicron variant mutation. He said fully vaccinated families should be safe to attend small gatherings.
December 27, 2021: Fauci Encourage COVID vaccine requirement for domestic air travel in response to the Omicron variant. “When you make vaccination a requirement, that’s another incentive to vaccinate more people,” he said.
December 29, 2021: Fauci cites preliminary data showing that “all indications are lower Danger From Omicron vs. Delta” during the White House briefing on COVID-19.
December 30, 2021: Fauci begging With parents to vaccinate their children against COVID-19 to prevent “avoidable” hospitalization.
January 23, 2022: Fauci says he is “as confident as possible” that most US states will reach the summit In cases of omicron virus infection by mid-February.
February 9, 2022: Fauci says COVID-19 is a pandemic restrictions It could be over “soon” because he believes the virus will reach “equilibrium”.
- Fauci also says the US is “definitely heading” out of a particularly difficult phase of the pandemic that is largely led by Omicron.
March 18, 2022: Fauci is optimistic That the omicron variant BA.2 is likely to cause a slight increase in cases, but not necessarily an increase in hospitalizations or deaths.
April 27, 2022: Fauci Now says the United States It has emerged from the “full explosive pandemic phase” and into the “transitional phase” which should lead to a “more controlled and endemic phase”.
- But he warned that “the world is still in a pandemic state.” Washington Post. “There is no doubt about it. Nobody is misinterpreting it. We are still suffering from a pandemic.”
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