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Fauci touts vaccinations: 'This is not going to last forever'

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciBiden to appear on MSNBC before town hall on vaccines The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Infrastructure, Cheney ouster on deck as Congress returns Sunday shows - White House COVID-19 response coordinator says US is 'turning the corner' MORE is urging Americans to continue following COVID-19 guidelines amid warnings of a new surge in cases and the U.S.'s rollout of three vaccines for the virus.

Speaking with  Jim AcostaJames (Jim) AcostaJen Psaki says the quiet part out loud about Joe Biden Harry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Fauci touts vaccinations: 'This is not going to last forever' MORE on "CNN Newsroom" on Saturday, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases implored Americans to remember that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines are only temporary and would be relaxed as more Americans are vaccinated and rates of new infections drop as a result.

"People say, 'Well, you just want to confine us forever.' No, this is not going to last forever, because every day that you get four million, three million people vaccinated, you get closer and closer to control," Fauci told CNN.

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"Four million people vaccinated [in a day] is really a lot of people," he added, referring to a figure just above the current U.S. vaccination rate. "If you multiply that by 30 days in a month, you’ve got 120 million vaccinations that you’ve done. That is what you need to get your arms around this outbreak and to prevent additional deaths, additional hospitalizations, additional infections."

Health officials including CDC Director Rochelle WalenskyRochelle WalenskyTop CDC official who warned of pandemic disruption will resign CDC director: Vaccinated adolescents can remove masks outdoors at summer camps CDC: COVID-19 cases, deaths projected to drop sharply in mid-July MORE have warned that a new surge of infections is on the way with many U.S. states relaxing restrictions on public life. The rate of new COVID-19 infections ticked up toward the end of March, but has yet to approach anything near the surge encountered by officials over the fall and winter.

President BidenJoe BidenCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Manchin, Biden huddle amid talk of breaking up T package Overnight Energy: 5 takeaways from the Colonial Pipeline attack | Colonial aims to 'substantially' restore pipeline operations by end of week | Three questions about Biden's conservation goals MORE has also urged Americans to continue following social distancing and masking guidelines in the face of relaxed state restrictions across the country. 

“Too many Americans are acting as if this fight is over," he said on Friday.