Dr. Anthony Fauci predicted Sunday that America will be “as close to back to normal as we can” by next Mother’s Day if certain conditions are met.
Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the White House’s chief medical adviser, made the prediction during ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, who had asked him to “give everyone a sense of what the country is going to look like next Mother’s Day.”
“I hope that next Mother’s Day, we’re going to see a dramatic difference than what we’re seeing right now. I believe that we will be about as close to back to normal as we can. And there’s some conditions to that, George,” Fauci said during the segment. “We’ve got to make sure that we get the overwhelming proportion of the population vaccinated.”
When the majority of Americans are vaccinated, he said, COVID-19 “doesn’t really have any place to go.”
“There aren’t a lot of vulnerable people around. And where there are not a lot of vulnerable people around, you’re not going to see a surge. You’re not going to see the kinds of numbers we see now,” he said. “That being the case, I think we can approach what we use to remember as normal before all of this tragedy happened.”
Fauci was also asked during the segment what more he believes could be done to address India’s startling surge in coronavirus cases.
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