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Dr. Fauci Just Said This is How the Pandemic Could End

“Realize that we have the capability among ourselves."
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek

Among the many compelling reasons to get vaccinated against COVID-19, one is the fact that longer the virus has a chance to mutate, the greater the chances are that it will—into something that can evade the current "safe and effective" vaccines. Then where would we be? This concerns Albert Bourla, the CEO of Pfizer, as well as virus experts—they weighed in on the future of the pandemic. Read on for five life-saving pieces of advice from them—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Have "Long" COVID and May Not Even Know It.


Dr. Fauci Said Things Getting Better Depends on People Getting the Vaccine

Check-in for coronavirus vaccination against Covid-19 with doctor in the background.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert,  said that we'd approach some kind of normalcy by Spring 2022—however his "big caveat" was that more people will need to get vaccinated. "You really have to be careful when you ask for projected timelines, because the fact is the most prevailing issue involved here is that if we can get as many people vaccinated as we possibly can, as quickly and as efficiently, we can end this as a pandemic even sooner," said Dr. Fauci. "So rather than focus on the situation of getting a specific timeline, I would like to appeal to this country, to the people in the country who are not vaccinated, to realize that we have the capability among ourselves to essentially cut down the timeframe, to getting the end of this pandemic, very, very clearly by just [getting] vaccinated and the timeframe will be truncated dramatically."

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The Winter Could Be Even More Difficult

Doctors and nurses are working on corona virus/covid-19 infected patient in the ICU/ hospital.

"Global Covid-19 cases appear to be leveling off after a two-month increase, the World Health Organization says. WHO reported more than 4.5 million new cases and 68,000 new deaths worldwide last week, which was only a slight increase over the previous week. Don't get too optimistic, though," reports CNN. "There was a similar pattern in May, before the Delta variant spurred a worldwide surge in outbreaks. The winter could be even more difficult, when COVID-19 risk combines with flu season again. Normally, the CDC recommends getting a flu shot by the end of October. But with so many pandemic variables, some experts are recommending getting it even sooner."

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Pfizer CEO Warned One Day, a Variant May Escape the Vaccine

Pfizer Inc. headquarters.

"Every time that the variant appears in the world, our scientists are getting their hands around it," Pfizer's CEO Albert Bourla said during a FOX interview. "They are researching to see if this variant can escape the protection of our vaccine. We haven't identified any yet but we believe that it is likely that one day, one of them will emerge." NBC's Lester Holt asked if the CEO stays "up at night, thinking about the possibility you're going to have to go back in the lab at some point and come up with something better?" He said his team was in fact working on it. "We do that constantly. We are making right now a specialized vaccine for Delta but I'm almost certain we will not need because the current vaccine is very, very, very effective against that. But we cannot take that chance."

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Virus Expert Warns Deaths Will "Climb Even Higher"

Patient in ambulance.

"I think we're going to see death numbers climb even higher in the next couple weeks, but I'm hoping big outbreak states like Florida, Louisiana — they're at their peak and they may be coming down," Dr. Ashish Jha said on The News with Shepard Smith. "Let's hope so." He thinks the full approval of the Pfizer vaccine will help. "I think it's going to make a big difference, and look, I think there are some individuals who've been waiting for this full approval, and for them I think it will help," said Jha. "When you look at the unvaccinated, about two-thirds of them say that they would get the vaccine if there was a mandate, so I think you'll see a lot of those people jump off the fence and start getting vaccinated." 

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How to Stay Safe Out There

Female Doctor hands holding vaccine bottle and syringe.

Follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—get vaccinated ASAP; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear an N95 face mask, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Alek Korab
Alek Korab is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the ETNT Health channel on Eat This, Not That! Read more about Alek