Recently, national medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci proclaimed that unvaccinated individuals will delay the end of the COVID pandemic, specifically by preventing the virus from becoming endemic, like the common cold.
In remarks to Yahoo, Fauci proclaimed that the enormous number of unvaccinated Americans, coupled with the probability of future coronavirus variants, make him highly cautious about indicating an end date for the pandemic.
“We have a highly effective, safe intervention that a substantial proportion of the population has not made use of,” Fauci remarked angrily, adding that the unvaccinated populations are “complicating [the Biden administration’s] response to an already formidable challenge from a very evasive virus.”
The medical director added that the “worst-case scenario” would entail one in which the pandemic appears to be nearly over, until “another variant that actually eludes the immune protection” emerges.
“I hope that’s not the case,” Fauci said ominously.
The CDC uses the term “endemic” to refer to the near constant presence, or typical prevalence, of an illness within a specific region. For instance, malaria is endemic to a significant percentage of Subsaharan Africa.
The term “pandemic,” on the other hand, refers to an epidemic that has spread across multiple nations or continents, typically affecting an enormous number of individuals.
According to Fauci, the COVID crisis could downgrade from a pandemic to an epidemic this year, though the termination of the pandemic will end only when the illness is no longer disrupting society.
The medical director also argues that two groups of people need to exist in order for the end of the pandemic to occur: “a combination of enough people vaccinated and boosted,” as well as “people who are infected and recover and have a degree of immunity.”
“Hopefully they’ll wind up getting vaccinated too,” Fauci added, noting that he was surprised by how many individuals refused to receive the vaccine.
“I think virtually everyone thought, when we had a vaccine as effective and safe as the vaccines we have now, that we would get enough people vaccinated,” Fauci mused.
The medical director acknowledged anticipating “challenges,” though he also added that several “conflating issues” resulted in 2021 becoming “a very, very complicated year.”