Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested the US may have COVID-19 “under control” by spring if vaccination rates increase.
Fauci serves as the president’s chief medical adviser and directs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), an agency within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Throughout the pandemic, Fauci, along with public health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have guided the White House and lawmakers in their COVID-19 policy decision making.
Both the Trump administration and Biden considered and implemented Fauci’s suggestions. In the same remarks, Fauci noted, “We hope we’ll be there … but there’s no guarantee because it’s up to us.” Earlier this summer, Fauci suggested the unvaccinated must “put aside their partisanship” and get the vaccine, amid the Biden administration’s efforts to increase vaccination rates.
As of August 25th, the CDC reports that just over half, 52 percent, of the US population has received both vaccine doses. Since the beginning of his administration, President Biden has maintained a focus on increasing vaccination rates, especially during the recent spike in cases due to the delta variant.