Vastavam web: The White House coronavirus taskforce’s most senior public health expert, Anthony Fauci, said on Friday that it would probably take another year before life returns to a sense of “normality” in the US, even if a successful Covid-19 vaccine is approved in the next few months. And in an apparent rebuke to Donald Trump’s claim this week that the US is “rounding the corner” on Covid-19, Fauci said that current data on the pandemic is, in fact, “disturbing”.
Fauci was asked in the interview on Friday about the president’s most recent comments on the virus, in which he also said: “We’re rounding the final turn, and a lot of good things are happening.” Fauci said: “I’m sorry, but I have to disagree with that, because if you look at the thing that you just mentioned, the statistics, Andrea, they’re disturbing. We’re plateauing at around 40,000 new cases a day and the deaths are around 1,000.”
Asked to evaluate Trump’s minimization, Fauci said: “When you downplay something, that’s really a threat and not a good thing.” The US has a world record 6.3 million cases of Covid-19 and almost 200,000 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins data.