Anthony Fauci says U.S. coronavirus infections may be plateauing

Clay Curtis
January 22, 2021

"President Biden will issue a directive later today", Anthony Fauci said.

Biden's predecessor Donald Trump halted funding to the WHO, where the United States is the largest donor, and announced a process to withdraw from the agency in July 2021 in what was seen as part of a broader USA retreat from multilateral organizations.

He added that, under Mr. Trump, "you didn't feel that you could actually say something and there wouldn't be any repercussions about it".

The infectious disease guru made it clear at the White House coronavirus briefing Thursday.

"One of the new things in this administration, if you don't know the answer, don't guess". "The role of the United States, its role, global role is very, very crucial". Fauci was at the event at the White House, along with Biden's Covid czar Jeff Zients.

"There will be times when we see things differently in this room", she said.

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Among other actions signed by Biden on Thursday was an order requiring mask-wearing in airports and on certain public transportation, including many trains, airplanes and intercity buses. The U.S. had also pulled back staff from the organization.

Fauci also said the United States would support the "ACT Accelerator" - an umbrella effort including COVAX that also focuses on distributing diagnostic tools and therapeutics for the coronavirus to countries around the world.

"We're going to make sure they work free from political interference and that they make decisions strictly based on science and health care alone, science and health alone, not what the political consequences are", Biden said. His plan aims to increase vaccinations by opening up eligibility for more people such as teachers and grocery clerks.

Most Americans will likely be vaccinated by the middle of this year, Fauci said, though he added he remains concerned about the amount of people who are hesitant to get a vaccine.

Biden has put fighting the disease at the top of a daunting list of challenges, including rebuilding a ravaged economy and addressing racial injustice, and has proposed a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 package that would enhance jobless benefits and provide direct cash payments to households to alleviate the financial pain from the coronavirus.

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