Chief US health adviser Anthony Fauci has said the United States and other countries will be dealing with Covid-19 for some time to come, suggesting the need for universal yearly vaccinations.
Speaking with New York’s PIX 11 television station in an interview on Sunday, Fauci was asked about the future of Covid-19 in the US and the country’s vaccine drive, declaring: “We’re going to be dealing with this virus on a chronic basis.”
“I very [much] doubt that we’ll eliminate it completely from the United States, but we will have it, hopefully, at a low enough level that it doesn’t disturb us to the extent of disrupting society. We certainly are not there yet,” he said, adding: “we are not going to eradicate this.”
Though Fauci declined to offer a prediction for when vaccines will be available for Americans under the age of five, he noted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is “close” to a decision on the matter, and that jabs are currently available for everyone 12 years and older.