The doctor’s comments do not align with the Biden administration’s ongoing efforts to keep pandemic restrictions in place.
Buried at the end of an interview with PBS’s NewsHour, Fauci said the “pandemic phase” is over in the US, but “is still ongoing globally”.
“We are certainly right now in this country out of the pandemic phase,” Fauci said. “Namely, we don’t have 900,000 new infections a day and tens and tens and tens of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths. We are at a low level right now.”
Health experts immediately took issue with his statements.
Dr. Louise Ivers, a professor of global health and social medicines expert at Harvard University, tweeted that she admires Dr. Fauci but can not agree with his assessment.
“US is in a phase of lower hospitalization rate with substantial undercounted mild-mod infections. Not out of the pandemic,” she wrote.
His comments add confusion to the Biden administration’s decision to appeal a ruling that reversed its federal mask mandate on public transportation.
They also seem to fly in the face of his personal decisions, as he has declined to attend multiple upcoming events due to them being indoors and having the potential to become super-spreader events.