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Dr. Fauci Says U.S. Is In a ‘Different Moment’ But ‘COVID Still Isn’t Over’

Dr. Fauci Says U.S. Is In a ‘Different Moment’ But ‘COVID Still Isn’t Over’

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Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday the coronavirus is under better control in the United States. but the pandemic isn’t over. Now the challenge is how to keep improving the situation. “We are in a different moment of the pandemic,” said Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, in an interview with The Associated Press.

The warnings came a day after Dr. Fauci said on the PBS “NewsHour” that the U.S. was “out of the pandemic phase” and also told The Washington Post that the country was finally “out of the full-blown explosive pandemic phase.”

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After a brutal winter surge, “we’ve now decelerated and transitioned into more of a controlled phase,” Dr. Fauci said. “By no means does that mean the pandemic is over.” And the White House agrees, asking Congress for more COVID funding to prevent more American deaths as recently as Tuesday.

Dr. Fauci said the U.S. appears to be out of what he called the “fulminant phase” of the pandemic, huge variant surges that at their worst sparked hundreds of thousands of infections daily, along with tens of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths. Meanwhile, health authorities have been preparing for the next stage of the pandemic and how to keep COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations manageable while learn to live with what’s still a mutating and unpredictable virus.

COVID-19 cases are at a lower point than they’ve been in months and two-thirds of the U.S. population is vaccinated. Nearly half of those who need a booster dose have gotten the extra shot, and effective treatments are available. “We are much, much better off than we were a year ago,” Dr. Fauci said.

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Read the full interview at the Associated Press.

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