Fauci: “We are not where we need to be if we want to mention ‘live with the virus'”

“We have yet to be aware of how unusual this virus is and continue to be in its ability to evolve into new variants that challenge standard public health mechanisms for dealing with an outbreak,” Fauci said on Monday, adding that the intensity of the outbreak it is currently “unacceptably high”. As of Monday, nearly 400 people were dying of Covid every day, according to the CDC.

Fauci attributed the persistence of the virus in part to the “lack of uniform acceptance of the interventions available to us in this country.”

“Even now, more than two years, nearly three years after the outbreak began, we have only 67 percent of our population vaccinated and only half of those have received a single push,” Fauci said.

Fauci acknowledged that the pandemic “is heading in the right direction,” but warned that it is “likely that we will see another variant emerge” between late autumn and early winter.