According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s chief infectious disease doctor, Broadway is likely to shine in its bright light again early next fall.
Fauci said in an interview with WNBC on Tuesday night that if people vaccinate themselves in the spring, when the vaccine becomes available to the general public, New Yorkers and the entire country could return to normal by the end of summer or early fall 2021.
“I think it totally depends on whether the residents of the country and specifically the residents of New York are taking the vaccines,” said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases.
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“Since there are a lot of tourists in New York, it’s likely to be the whole country.”
Fauci indicated that a return to normal would mean that 75 or 85 percent of people would need to be vaccinated, and he said those with the underlying disease were of paramount importance.
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The Center for Disease Prevention and Control announced on Tuesday that healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities should receive COVID-19 in the first place. The vaccine is expected to be distributed from mid-December to late.
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