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- Anthony Fauci said Thursday that COVID-19 is nowhere near under control in the U.S
- "The endgame is to suppress the virus. Right now, we're still in pandemic mode, because we have 160,000 new infections a day,” Fauci said.
- “That's not even modestly good control,” he added.
White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci warned in an interview Thursday that rising COVID-19 cases across the U.S. indicate that the virus is nowhere near under control, adding that the threat should lessen as vaccinations increase.
"The endgame is to suppress the virus. Right now, we're still in pandemic mode, because we have 160,000 new infections a day. That's not even modestly good control ... which means it's a public health threat," Fauci told Axios in an interview published Thursday.
“In a country of our size, you can’t be hanging around and having 100,000 infections a day. You’ve got to get well below 10,000 before you start feeling comfortable,” he added.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CORONAVIRUS RIGHT NOW
The daily average number of new coronavirus cases in the U.S., as of Sept. 9, fell slightly below 148,000 — a 5-percent decrease over a 14-day period. Nationwide hospitalizations increased by 1 percent over the same period, bringing the average total to more than 100,000 per day.
Approximately 53 percent of the total U.S. population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while 63 percent have received at least one dose.
Despite incidences of breakthrough infections and emerging variants, Fauci again pointed to vaccines as the way forward, telling Axios "you'll still get some people getting infected, but you're not going to have it as a public health threat."
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