WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden, said on Monday that he “misspoke” during a previous interview where he had claimed that the United States could have the COVID-19 pandemic “under control” by fall 2022, which would be over a year from now.
Fauci said during an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday that after going back and listening to his statements during a previous interview he had conducted with NPR, he realized that he needed to “clarify” what he had meant and apologized for his previous incorrect 2022 estimate.
Instead, Fauci – who has demonstrated a history of flip-flopping on his COVID-19 statements – told Cooper that he now believes that, if more Americans get vaccinated, the country could perhaps get “some good control” over the pandemic by spring of 2022.
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Experts are predicting that vaccination rates will go up now that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Monday that they had granted their complete approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for anyone aged 16 years and up.
So far, 169,592,873 Americans – or 51.1% of the total population – are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the CDC.