January 22 A few months after the White House “disappeared”, Anthony Fauci, an American infectious disease expert, reappeared on the 21st to report on the COVID-19 epidemic in the United States.
After the new President Joseph Biden took office on the 20th, Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was appointed as the president’s chief medical adviser and a member of the COVID-19 response working group.
Fauci said at a White House briefing on the 21st that at least 20 states in the United States have mutant coronavirus reported by the United Kingdom, but so far there have been no mutant coronavirus reported by South Africa. He stressed that available information shows that the current vaccine is “still effective” against mutant COVID-19.
The U.S. outbreak remains “very serious,” according to Fauci, but data from the past seven days shows that the rate of COVID-19 infection has been “stable” in the U.S.
According to the epidemic data on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the 21st, the cumulative number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States exceeds 24.32 million, with more than 188,000 new cases in a single day.
In the past seven days, an average of 58.4 new infections per 100,000 people have been infected per day. As of the 21st, the cumulative number of coronavirus deaths in the United States exceeded 404,000, with 4,383 new cases in a single day.
Fauci said that if 70 to 80 percent of people in the United States are vaccinated before the end of summer, the United States will return to normal to some extent before winter.
The United States is the country with the worst coronavirus epidemic in the world.
Since Biden took office on the 20th, he has signed a number of executive orders related to the prevention and control of the coronavirus epidemic in two days, including the introduction of stricter “mask orders”.
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Over the past year, the Trump administration has repeatedly downplayed the impact of the coronavirus epidemic. Fauci has repeatedly “counted” with Trump in public about the epidemic.
Before Trump left office, he did not appear in the White House for a long time. The American people once launched a “search for Fauci” campaign on social media.
On the day of his inauguration, Biden signed the executive order of the United States to stop withdrawing from the World Health Organization, and Fauci attended the WHO meeting remotely the next day.
Fauci again “criticised” Trump without name at a White House briefing on the 21st, saying that claims that hydroxychloroquine can deal with the novel coronavirus are “uncomfortable” because such claims are “not based on scientific facts”.
Trump has repeatedly claimed last year that taking the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine can prevent COVID-19 infection, but some studies have reached the opposite conclusion.
Fauci said that the situation of the new government is, “If you don’t know the answer, don’t guess, just say you don’t know.”