Anthony Fauci: It’s an ‘Open Question’ if Omicron Marks the Final Wave

Fauci, White House Chief Medical Advisor and Director of the NIAID, gives and opening statement during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing to examine the federal response to Covid-19 and new emerging variants on January 11, 2022 at Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Nash …
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Dr. Anthony Fauci said it is an “open question” if the omicron variant of the Chinese coronavirus marks the final wave of the pandemic, making the remark during a virtual appearance at The Davos Agenda event.

“It is an open question whether it will be the live virus vaccination that everyone is hoping for,” the White House chief medical adviser said.

“I would hope that that’s the case. But that would only be the case if we don’t get another variant that eludes the immune response of the prior variant,” he continued, reiterating that the virus will not be eradicated altogether.

“Control means you have it present but it is present at a level that does not disrupt society,” Fauci said. “That’s my definition of what endemicity would mean.”


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