In a recently published interview this week, the 81 year old doctor stated that all pandemic related protocols might come to a halt shortly. The doctor also stated “as we get out of the full-blown pandemic phase, which we are certainly heading out of, these decisions will increasingly be made on a local level rather than centrally decided or mandated.”
It is hard to take his words as truth considering the numerous and sometimes contracting statements that he has made in the past concerning the pandemic. For example, in the early stages of the pandemic, Fauci famously stated that the “United States has nothing to worry about.” Still, the remarks signal the top doctors’ most optimistic take on the possible end of the virus that’s killed more than 909,000 Americans and more than 5.7 million worldwide. His words coincide with decision making by some states to lessen the covid restrictions, such as New Jersey removing the school mask mandate.
Even with Fauci’s announcement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky warned American’s not to get ahead of themselves. Walensky stated at her public press conference stressed that covid death rates remain high as do hospitalizations. She also stressed the need for Americans to continue to mask up.
Fauci’s announcement sheds some optimism though considering that new infections have fallen across the globe, and the seven-day average of new cases nationwide is down close to 70% from one month ago. Fauci also stated that not every American will need continuous booster shots, indicating that young healthy people without pre existing conditions might be fine without a booster shot. It still remains to be seen what covid protocols might be eased, considering that each State has their own individual policies. For now, this seems to be the most optimism, about the pandemic, coming out of the white house in a long time.