"We are certainly right now, in this country, out of the pandemic phase," he said. However, the top doctor made a complete 180 from his remarks in his next interview on CBS News just hours later. He said the statements he made on PBS were "misconstrued."
"We certainly can't say the pandemic is over. It is not over," said Fauci. Instead, he clarified that COVID-19 in the U.S. was not as "acute and accelerated" as it was earlier in the pandemic. According to Fauci, his remarks about the country being "out of the pandemic phase" actually referred to the pandemic reaching a "decelerated and controlled" phase over the past several months.
He also exhorted Americans to remain on guard, be vigilant and be prepared for new COVID-19 variants and any other surges that they may cause.
"That does not mean we are out of the woods; [we need] to avoid another spike in hospitalizations," said Fauci.
Earlier in April, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) acknowledged that COVID-19 is here to stay. He added that Americans themselves have to calculate their risk of contracting the virus instead of letting government do so via COVID-19 mandates.
"We're at that point where, in many respects, we're going to have to live with some degree of virus in the community. This is not going to be eradicated and it's not going to be eliminated. What's going to happen is that we're going to see that each individual is going to have to make their calculation of the amount of risk that they want to take," he told ABC's "This Week" at the time.
The NIAID director also called on people to get the COVID-19 vaccines and booster doses during his "Newshour" interview. According to Fauci, COVID-19 vaccines "might be [needed] every year … [or] longer to keep [the] level [of COVID-19 cases] low."
He pointed out that improved treatments and vaccines have put the U.S. in a much better position than other countries, such as China, which continue to deal with COVID-19 outbreaks. The infectious disease expert cited Pfizer's antiviral drug Paxlovid as a key drug that "will make a huge difference" in battling COVID-19 once it becomes accessible.
Fauci's sentiments regarding yearly COVID-19 vaccines appeared to align with remarks by Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla. While Fauci asserts the need for a yearly vaccine to keep COVID-19 cases at low levels, the Pfizer bigwig is saying that yearly COVID-19 shots are necessary to ensure "greater compliance" compared to vaccinating people every three to four months. (Related: VAXXED FOR LIFE: Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla calls for "greater compliance" with annual COVID vaccines.)
"What the world really needs is a vaccine that can last a year. A vaccine that will be taken once a year is way [easier] to administer and [to] have the population be compliant with it," Bourla said in an April 15 press briefing organized by the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations.
"The issue is that right now, we are – in many, many countries – in the fourth dose, and that creates fatigue. Way more people got the second [dose] than the third, [and] I think the compliance with the fourth dose will not be as high. [We] realized that people will not comply with the fourth or fifth vaccination. This is why we need to come [up with] scientific innovations that will allow us to have a vaccine that is annual."
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