COVID-19 does not allow time for Christmas, New Year: Dr. Fauci

Consider the day of reduced family Thanksgiving as a test.

According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Americans can only celebrate the end of the COVID-19 epidemic after Christmas and New Year – not even with vaccines for mass distribution.

“For my own family, I say it was a great Thanksgiving and Christmas last year. We look forward to a really big Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2021, ”Fauci told USA Today. “Now let’s get the most out of the situation and show our love and affection for the people by keeping them safe.”

Pharmaceutical company Pfizer filed a vaccination application with the Food and Drug Administration last week after seeing a 95 percent efficacy in clinical trials. But the FDA scheduled a review meeting on Dec. 10, which delayed the distribution of millions of doses amid a nationwide increase in infections.

Fauci, long-term director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said: “If the wave change shows a turn and continues to rise and suffers more than 100,000 infections and 1,300 deaths a day, and the number continues to rise and up … I don’t see it being any different during the Christmas and New Year holidays than it is at Thanksgiving.

Since March, about 13 million Americans have been positive for the respiratory virus and more than 264,000 have died.

Anthony Fauci
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Millions of vaccine doses are distributed quickly after the FDA approved the first delivery for the elderly and health care workers. In addition to Pfizer, many companies have vaccine candidates with promising clinical trial data.

President Trump said in September that “we expect there will be enough vaccinations for all Americans by April.”