Fauci says fall/winter Covid surge unlikely, WH coordinator declares US is ‘turning the corner’

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Even the Biden administration’s top coronavirus “expert,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, is now admitting that the coronavirus pandemic is decidedly on the way out.

Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press” this Sunday, he said point-blank that because of the coronavirus vaccine, it’s “unlikely” that there will be another surge of the virus.

“The fact that we have vaccines right now is really a game changer. I mean, if we get, which we will, to the goals that the president has established, namely if we get 70 percent of the people vaccinated by the Fourth of July, namely one single dose, and even more thereafter, you may see blips. But if we handle them well, it is unlikely that you’ll see the kind of surge that we saw in the late fall and the early winter,” he said.

The usually paranoid doctor added, “That’s the reason why vaccinations are so important. That’s the wild card that we have now that we didn’t have last fall or last winter.”

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His remarks marked the second time he’s ever laid off from his usually paranoid, doom-and-gloom portrayal of the receding pandemic.

It was only two weeks ago that he told NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie that children need to continue wearing a mask even when outdoors until they’re vaccinated sometime in the fall or later.

“Children of any age will likely be vaccinated by the time we get to the end of the year, but let’s not talk about the end of the year. Let’s talk about the immediate or intermediate future, when children are out in the community, when you have 30/40/50,000 new infections per day,” he said.

“They are unvaccinated now because children can’t get vaccinated now, and for that reason they are more at risk of getting infected because they are out in the community where there is a lot of infection. When the community level starts to go way down, the risks to everybody, including the children, is going to be dramatically diminished.”

And it was only two months ago that he claimed that another surge was imminent. That surge never materialized for the most part, though Michigan did have a little difficulty.

Granted, his remarks Sunday weren’t entirely opposite of what he’d said before. As usual, he promoted mask usage and even suggested Americans should continue wearing masks — or at least seasonally — for the rest of their lives.

“I think people have gotten used to the fact that wearing masks clearly, if you look at the data, diminishes respiratory diseases. We’ve had practically a nonexistent flu season this year merely because people were doing the kinds of public health things that were directed predominantly against COVID-19,” he said.

“It is conceivable that, as we go on a year or two or more from now, that during certain seasonal periods when you have respiratory-borne viruses like the flu, people might actually elect to wear masks to diminish the likelihood that you’ll spread these respiratory-borne diseases.”

Over on CNN meanwhile, the Biden administration’s official coronavirus “response coordinator” Jeff Zients subtly added to the positive message by confirming that America has turned the corner on the pandemic, though he later destroyed any positive effect this may have had (more on this later).

“I would say we are turning the corner. We now have, as of this morning, 58 percent of adult Americans with at least one shot, over 110 million Americans fully vaccinated. The president has set a goal of 70 percent of Americans being vaccinated with at least one shot by July 4. We’re at 58 percent today, so we’ve got a path ahead of us,”  he said.

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Keep in mind that, because of the Trump administration’s efforts, America had already been on this trajectory when President Joe Biden took office.

If anything, the current president keeps dis-incentivizing the getting of a vaccine by making it appear like being vaccinated makes no difference.

Just last week, he exclaimed that wearing a mask even when vaccinated is a “patriotic responsibility.” He made the remark after being asked to explain why he’d worn a mask while approaching the podium at a White House briefing Tuesday.

Also last week, Vice President Kamala Harris was spotted kissing her husband while both of them were masked — and despite both of having been vaccinated.

This comes as vaccine hesitancy is rising and vaccine consumption is declining.

“Several states are turning away Covid vaccine doses from their federal government allocations, as the daily average of coronavirus vaccine doses administered across the United States has fallen below two million for the first time since early March. Experts say the states’ smaller requests reflect a steep drop in vaccine demand in the United States,” The New York Times reported Sunday.

During his appearance on CNN, Zients did not help the administration’s case:

Vivek Saxena

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