Dr. Anthony Fauci recently spoke with the media in regards to the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine’s distribution in America. He claimed that Americans shouldn’t expect to throw away their masks until the end of 2021, and herd immunity will likely be met by late spring/early summer. Fauci also added his name to the list of high-profile public figures who committed to taking the vaccine on live television to prove its effectiveness.
Fauci is 79, which automatically puts him at higher-risk for the coronavirus, additionally, his crucial role in America’s healthcare industry makes him an essential worker, and thus a prime candidate to be one of the initial individuals to receive the vaccine.
“I don’t believe we’re going to be able to throw the masks away and forget about physical separation for a while, probably likely until we get into the late fall and early next winter.”
Healthcare workers in America began receiving their initial dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine this Monday. First responders and nursing home residents are being prioritized as the first eligible individuals to receive the vaccine as they’re at the greatest risk of infection. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases should be receiving their first shipment of the vaccine this week. Once that occurs Fauci will be sure to receive his dose on live television to give fellow Americans the confidence to get vaccinated when their time comes.
“I’m going to be available to get vaccinated publicly so that people can see that I feel strongly that this is something we should do, and hopefully that will encourage many more people to get vaccinated.”
This statement from Fauci parallels that of a few other notable public figures in America who committed to getting vaccinated on live television for the entire nation to see. Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller was the first member of the Trump Administration to receive the vaccine live. West Virginia Governor Jim Justice also received his, and former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton all made pledges to be vaccinated on television.
Current President-elect Joe Biden also expressed interest in being vaccinated on live television to give the American people confidence in the science. The vaccine couldn’t have come at a more crucial time for America: the US has now surpassed 16.5 million cases, and as of Monday the country officially surpassed 300,000 Covid-19 related deaths.
Due to the fact that the pandemic is the worst it’s ever been in America, the vaccine is not enough to curb this spread and minimize the damage that’s already being done. Extraordinary public health measures need to be reinstated on a federal level so that the entire nation is on the same page in regards to shutting down and supporting its citizens economically.
“Mask usage, event cancellations and enhanced hygiene protocols are likely to continue several months into the second half and beyond of 2021. Only when you get the level of infection in society so low that it’s no longer a public health threat can you then think about the possibility of then pulling back on public health measures,” Fauci explained.
As of right now only 40% of Americans claim that they will be vaccinated immediately whenever it’s made available to them, according to Fauci. As time progresses and more citizens begin to be vaccinated, more measures will likely appear in terms of businesses and cultural establishments reopening. Individuals who have not been vaccinated will likely be much more restricted in what they’re able to do at least in the initial rounds of vaccination. For now, continue to listen to your healthcare experts and practice proper health and safety measures to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
Eric Mastrota is a Contributing Editor at The National Digest based in New York. A graduate of SUNY New Paltz, he reports on world news, culture, and lifestyle. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.