Fauci: ‘It’s premature to declare victory’

WASHINGTON (AP)

 

On a day when President Joe Biden announced he’s bumping up his deadline by two weeks for states to make all adults in the U.S. eligible for coronavirus vaccines, Dr. Anthony Fauci said, “It’s premature to declare victory.”

He warned that the country is in a “critical time” because “we could just as easily swing up into a surge.”

 

“That would be a setback for public health, but that would be a psychological setback, too,” he said during an interview with The Associated Press.

Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, noted that Americans are experiencing “COVID-19 fatigue” after more than a year of lockdowns and restrictions to public life aimed at slowing the spread of the virus.

Biden also announced that 150 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been shot into arms since his inauguration on Jan. 20. That puts the president well on track to meet his new goal of 200 million shots administered by his 100th day in office on April 30.

 

Biden and many of his advisers have warned against reopening the economy too quickly and easing mask mandates, at the risk of driving a fresh surge in virus cases.

 

“We just don’t want to have to go back to really shutting things down. That would be terrible,” Fauci said.


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