Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to the White House and the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, appeared Monday on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 to clarify that he believed the United States could get control of the COVID-19 outbreak by spring of 2022, not the fall of 2022, as he told NPR earlier that day.
Fauci’s remarks to NPR: On Monday, Fauci appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered following news that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fully approved the first COVID-19 vaccine.
In the interview, Fauci expressed optimism that this milestone could encourage many of the “90 million or so people who are eligible to be vaccinated who have not gotten vaccinated…[to] step forward and get vaccinated.”
Then as the interview concluded, Fauci stated, “[If] we get really the overwhelming majority of the people vaccinated, I think as we get into the fall and the winter, we could start to really get some good control over this as we get into 2022.”
Fauci’s remarks to CNN: Subsequently, Fauci appeared on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and opened his interview with a correction.
“Anderson, I have to apologize,” he began. “When I listened to the tape, I meant to say the spring of 2022, so I did misspeak.”
“I hope we can start to get some good control in the spring of 2022, I didn’t mean the fall,” Fauci went on. “I misspoke, my bad.”
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