Dr. Anthony Fauci late Monday apologized for indicating the United States might not get COVID-19 under control for about a year.
In an interview on NPR, Fauci said that if things went well, including more people getting vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19, then “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.”
“I have to apologize. When I listened to the tape, I meant to say the spring of 2022. So I did misspeak,” Fauci said later on CNN.
“In the conversation with Mary Louise Kelly, she was saying, when do I think we can get some control?” he added. “I said if we can get through this winter and get really the majority, overwhelming majority, of the 90 million people who have not been vaccinated, vaccinated, I hope we could start to get some good control in the spring of 2022. I didn’t mean the fall. I misspoke, my bad.”
Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, is the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He frequently appears on television programs to discuss developments in the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fauci has received criticism for misspeaking a number of times, and for acknowledging he misled the American public on the issue of masks early in the pandemic because of concern over the mask supply.
“When he’s pressed about the number for herd immunity, at first, it was 60 percent, then all the way up to 90 percent. When people asked him, ‘Why does your goalpost keep moving?’ He says, ‘Well, I feel like the American people are now ready to hear what I have to say,’” Dr. Nicole Saphier said on The Epoch Times’ “American Thought Leaders” program in June. – READ MORE