Fauci Expects Surge In Vaccinations To Keep A 4th Coronavirus Wave At Bay

More than 56 million people in the U.S. have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Yet cases are rising again in some parts of the country, notably in Michigan and states in the Northeast.

But Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Biden administration’s chief medical adviser, predicts that the U.S. won’t see a fourth wave of the coronavirus as severe as the previous three, thanks to the uptick in vaccinations.

“It’s kind of like a race between the potential for a surge and our ability to vaccinate as many people as we possibly can,” he said in an interview Friday with NPR’s Morning Edition. “And hopefully, if you want to make this a metaphorical race, the vaccine is going to win this one.”

But he cautioned against prematurely pulling back on measures such as mask-wearing and physical distancing.

“I believe strongly that every day that goes by, we get closer and closer to getting an advantage,” he said.

Read NPR’s interview with Fauci, edited for clarity, below:

 

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