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Fauci says U.S. is transitioning out of ‘pandemic phase’


Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke optimistically about Tuesday’s state of the U.S. Pandemic.

Fauci, chief medical advisor to the White House and director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), stated that “We are certain right now in the country out of this pandemic stage.” told PBS NewsHour.

He later told The Washington Post that the U.S. had entered the “control” stage of the pandemic, since the coronavirus is causing far lower levels of hospitalizations and deaths than during the winter omicron surge.

Fauci previously identified five stages of the pandemic. In the United States, the first phase is a pandemic. This was where they spent the vast majority of their time over the previous two years. Deceleration and control indicate that the virus is becoming more widespread in the country.

Fauci will recommend that you follow this process with elimination and eradication. The virus is unlikely to be eliminated completely. told PBS.

Fauci, President Joe Biden’s most senior covid adviser, said to The Post, that the new phase does not mean that the whole pandemic has ended.

The world continues to be afflicted by a pandemic. This is undisputed. It’s not possible to misinterpret that statement. “We are still experiencing pandemic,” said he.

Fauci (81), decided not to attend this weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner due to concerns about his own Covid risk.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are approximately 51,000 Covid deaths each day and barely under 400 Covid cases in the country. NBC News’ tally. But, that average number of cases has grown by 49% in the past 2 weeks. However, infections continue to be under-counted as a result of common at-home testing.

Fauci explained that there is still some immunity in America, which can protect against severe illness.

He explained to PBS NewsHour that if you combine the number of people infected with those who have been vaccinated, there is a substantial percentage of Americans that still possess some immunity.

 Monday report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 58 percent of the U.S. had evidence of a prior coronavirus infection as of February, based on tens of thousands of blood samples. 66% of the nation is fully vaccinated, and 46% of the population have had their vaccinations increased. according to the CDC.

There are approximately 674,000 Covid cases worldwide per day. But, global cases have fallen 35 percent in two weeks. according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Just over 15,000 people died last week in the World Health Organization’s lowest weekly death rate since March 2020.

But, WHO officials stated that a Monday briefing that many more Covid deaths could still be prevented. 40% of the world’s population are not fully vaccinated. according to Our World in Data.

Maria Van Kerkhove (the WHO’s technical leader on Covid) stated that although we’re now in an entirely different stage of the pandemic, “we’re still in the middle” of the pandemic.

WHO leaders stated that the risk of developing new and potentially dangerous variants is not going away. Lack of surveillance or testing may make it hard to detect new variants.

“As many countries reduce testing, WHO is receiving less and less information about transmission and sequencing,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. We are becoming more blind to the patterns of transmission and evolution. However, this virus is not going away because no one has been looking. It is still spreading, changing and killing. It is very possible that a new, dangerous variant will emerge.