When asked by CNN’s Dana Bash on State of the Union whether he thinks Americans will have to wear masks next year, Fauci replied, “You know, I think it’s possible that it will, and it really depends on what you mean by normalcy. ”
Fauci’s comments come as the U.S. Covid-19 death toll nears 500,000 and the country nears a full year in the fight against the virus. And although the US is now constantly rolling out vaccines to fight the pandemic, the country’s foremost infectious disease expert underscored the importance of taking action to contain the aggressive virus and its emerging variants as many Americans express pandemic fatigue.
Fauci told Bash that while he cannot predict when the US might operate again as it did before the pandemic, he believes that by the end of this year we will have “a significant level of normalcy that is beyond that Terrible goes beyond. ” Stress we’ve all been through in the past year. “
“As we approach fall and winter, I (President Joe Biden) fully agree by the end of the year that we will move closer to some degree of normalcy,” said Fauci, Biden’s chief medical officer. Wearing masks is critical to slowing the spread of the virus, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They can help protect both the people who carry them and those around them from transmitting the virus. The Biden administration has put pressure on wearing masks is more aggressive than the Trump administration. The president signed an ordinance last month urging interstate travelers to wear a mask and request masks on federal properties. Biden also urged Americans to wear masks for the first 100 days of his presidency to help reduce the spread of the virus. Fauci on Sunday also weighed suggestions from researchers in Israel in Canada that only one dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine would be needed to protect against the virus: “Science points directly to proceeding with what we get from clinical Study know. ” Two doses offer the greatest protection against the virus and its emerging variants.
“We know for sure that if you prime the Pfizer 21 days later, followed by a boost, it is 94% to 95% effective and the difference between antibody levels after one dose and two doses is about ten times greater . ” he said.
“And this is really important because when you have such a high level that is comparable to the single dose alone, this is the pillow you would like to have when you get a variant made by the vaccine but you have enough levels to at least prevent serious illnesses. ”
This story was updated with additional details on Sunday.