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Fauci says he has 'great degree of confidence' pandemic guidelines loosen by July 4

Fauci says he has 'great degree of confidence' pandemic guidelines loosen by July 4
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The nation’s top infectious disease expert, Anthony FauciAnthony FauciCDC director: Vaccinated adolescents can remove masks outdoors at summer camps The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Overnight Health Care: Biden backs COVID-19 vaccine patent waivers | Moderna reports positive early results for booster shots against COVID-19 variants | Federal judge vacates CDC's eviction moratorium MORE, on Sunday said he has a “great degree of confidence” that if the number of COVID-19 infections per day decreases and vaccinations continue, guidelines will be looser by July 4.

“If, by the time we get to the Fourth of July, with the rollout of the vaccines, we get the level of infection so low, I'm not going to be able to tell you exactly what the specific guidelines of the CDC are, but I can tell you, for sure, they will be much more liberal than they are right now about what you can do,” Fauci told Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperCNN's Jake Tapper questions giving some GOP leaders airtime Cheney slams Trump on 'big lie' over election Biden adviser on schools reopening in the fall: 'We can't look in a crystal ball' MORE on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Fauci's assessment comes nearly one week after the Centers for Disease Control released the first set of public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people.

According to the guidance, fully vaccinated people can gather with other fully vaccinated people inside without masks or social distancing, visit with some low-risk unvaccinated people indoors without masks or distancing, and refrain from quarantining or testing after a known exposure if asymptomatic.

The federal agency did, however, say that fully vaccinated people should continue to wear masks, practice physical distancing, and avoid medium- and -large sized in-person gatherings.

The U.S. passed 100 million COVID-19 vaccines administered on Friday. President BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Upbeat jobs data, relaxed COVID-19 restrictions offer rosier US picture Texas House passes controversial voting bill Manchin on collision course with Warren, Sanders MORE said in a primetime address last week that he wants states to make all adults eligible for the vaccine by May 1, the first suggestion that the country would begin to return to normal by July 4.