Dr. Anthony Fauci stated Monday that he plans to stay in his position as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases via the rest of the Trump administration and into President-elect Joe Biden’s administration.
“I have no intention of leaving,” Fauci advised CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “This is an important job. I’ve been doing it now for a very long time. I’ve been doing it under six presidents.”
“It’s an important job, and my goal is to serve the American public, no matter what the administration is,” he added.
Fauci warned that the United States was in a “serious situation” with circumstances exceeding 100,000 a day, however stated the nation “can turn it around.”
“Unfortunately, we predicted it when we were talking about the fact that as we enter into the coolest season of the fall and the upcoming coldest season of the winter, that you’re going to start seeing more indoor activity, and we never got down to a good baseline,” stated Fauci, the nation’s prime infectious illness professional.
He stated “help is on the way with a vaccine,” following the announcement by Pfizer on Monday that early information exhibits its vaccine is 90% efficient.
“The bottom line is as a vaccine, it’s more than 90% effective, which is extraordinary and will play a major role in what the outcome of this is going to be,” Fauci advised Blitzer.
The Data and Safety Monitoring Board, an impartial group that displays vaccine trials, “has … told us that we now have a vaccine that is more than 90% effective,” stated Fauci.
“Obviously, we need to go over the details of the data, but this is a highly reputable company that has extensive experience in the development of countermeasures, including vaccines,” Fauci stated.
He stated there have been nonetheless questions on how lengthy the vaccine would shield individuals for, and the way efficient it’s within the aged versus youthful individuals, however that it was “good news” each within the rapid time period and for different vaccines from corporations equivalent to Moderna, which work alongside related strains.
He emphasised, although, that whereas Americans ought to be ok with the information, nobody ought to let their guard down but.
“We know there’s light at the end of the tunnel, but that doesn’t mean that we’re going to give up the important public health measures that we continually still have to do every single day,” stated Fauci.