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Because the U.S. fumbles by way of the vacation season, Dr. Fauci that there could also be a surge within the virus

"We may see one increase after another," said Fauci a few weeks later, emphasizing, "we don't want to scare people, but that's just the reality." Fauci said he has no laid-back guidelines or restrictions on fighting the virus at the start of a colder weather season as well as a larger holiday season with people traveling back and forth.

Fauci also raised hopes for a vaccine in the near future, citing a starting point for top priority people in late December and then increasingly more people receiving vaccinations through March.

When asked about legal obstacles related to pandemic restrictions, Fauci put it simply when he said there is nothing he can do about it personally. He stressed that no matter who you are or where you are, if you have a group of people gathered together – especially if they are inside and especially if they are not wearing masks – there is a "significant risk" of infection represents.

When asked how he would advise the Biden administration to get a "single answer" regarding COVID-19 closings, Fauci suggested "closing bars and keeping schools open". He noted that there is no one-size-fits-all solution, but getting students back to school should be a priority. To do this safely, we need to keep our community dispersion low.

Fauci still wants more testing for asymptomatic people, and hopes it will happen "sooner rather than later," especially when it comes to contact tracking and community spread tracking. He mentioned hoping for rapid tests at home, maybe even without a prescription, at least in certain circumstances.


"I hope it's sooner rather than later," says Dr. Anthony Fauci, when asked when Americans can expect access to affordable, fast-responding COVID-19 testing at home, adds that it is important in assessing the impact of asymptomatic cases.

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Fauci also stressed that the process of developing the vaccine was "science based". According to Fauci, "security has not been compromised, scientific integrity has not been compromised, and the process of determining whether it is working, whether it is safe and effective has been independently and transparently carried out."

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