The leading U.S. coronavirus authority, Anthony Fauci, has warned that post-pandemic coronavirus normality may not be achieved until 2022.
The epidemiologist has acknowledged that it is “very possible” that a coronavirus vaccine will be available “in the next few months,” although he has been cautious about referring to a return to pre-pandemic life, even with treatment ready.
“If we have a vaccination campaign, and by the second or third quarter of 2021 we have vaccinated a substantial proportion of the population, I think it will be easily by the end of 2021, or perhaps the following year, when we will have some semblance of normalcy,” he said.
Likewise, Fauci, who has participated in an event in ‘JAMA’ magazine, has referred to the resurgence of new coronavirus infections in the country, pointing out that the United States “is not in a good place,” as reported by CNN. “We are now averaging about 70,000 (infections per day),” he lamented. “That’s a bad position to be in,” he has riveted.
Fauci assured last week that the United States is not immersed in a second wave of coronavirus infections “because the first wave did not end.
More than half of the U.S. states, including Alaska, Illinois, Colorado, Michigan and Utah, have confirmed their records of new cases every day throughout October, according to data provided by Johns Hopkins University.
So far, the United States has confirmed more than 8.7 million infections, including more than 227,000 deaths from the disease. The hardest hit states are California, Texas and Florida, with nearly 917,000 cases, more than 906,000 and more than 790,000, respectively.