While appearing on “Meet The Press” this weekend, Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted that he doesn’t think that COVID-19 will ever go away in the United States. This comes as concerns of the omicron variant of COVID-19 grow.
“We certainly are not going to eradicate it,” Fauci said . “We’ve only eradicated one virus, and that’s smallpox. Elimination means there’s none of it in the country like we have now with polio and with measles. I don’t think we’re gonna be there with this.”
“What I do think we will be able to do is get a level of control that’s low enough that it doesn’t interfere with our function. It doesn’t have a major impact on society and what we do,” he added. “It’s not going to go away. The lower we get it, the better off we’ll be, and you get it that low when you get the overwhelming majority of the population vaccinated and boosted.”
Fauci went on to describe the mutations of the omicron variant as “troublesome,” saying that he wants to make sure that “we’re prepared for the worst.”
“It’s in with our own grasp of how we’re going to be able to live with the virus,” Fauci continued. “The lower we get it, the lower the dynamics of virus in the community, the lower the risk to everyone, including vaccinated people.”
This comes as the United States is preparing to ban travel from eight countries in the southern part of Africa due to the omicron variant.
“When you diminish or stop or block travel from a particular country, there’s a reason for that. It’s to give you time to do things,” Fauci said. “The positive effect is to get us better prepared, to rev up on the vaccinations, to be really ready for something that may not actually be a big deal, but we want to be sure that we’re prepared for the worst.”
Unsurprisingly, Fauci also used this situation to push his precious vaccines on the American people shamelessly.
“Whether or not we’re headed into a bleak or bleaker winter is really going to depend upon what we do,” Fauci said. “So this is a clarion call as far as I’m concerned of saying let’s put aside all of these differences that we have and say, ‘if you’re not vaccinated, get vaccinated. If you’re fully vaccinated, get boosted, and get the children vaccinated also.’ We now have time.”