Fauci says lockdown should not be necessary because of vaccines: ‘Help is really on the way’
Dr Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, said he did not believe a national lockdown would be necessary because of the development of coronavirus vaccines.
Pfizer announced earlier this week that its vaccine was 90% effective, and Fauci said he expected a vaccine to be widely available to the American public by April or May.
When asked by ABC News’ Robin Roberts whether the country was headed toward a national lockdown, Fauci said he would like to “stay away from that” because “there is no appetite for locking down.”
Fauci added, “I believe that we can do it without a lockdown. I really do.”
Robins also asked Fauci, who has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, what he would say to those suffering “Covid fatigue.”
Fauci replied, “Help is really on the way. … The cavalry is coming here. Vaccines are going to have a major positive impact.”
Fauci’s comments come as the country sets new records in coronavirus infections. According to Johns Hopkins University, the US confirmed 144,133 new cases yesterday, breaking the single-day record set the day before.
Kayleigh McEnany, the outgoing White House press secretary, raised many eyebrows this morning, when she tried to distance herself from her own job during a Fox News interview.
Although McEnany works for the White House, she has recently been speaking to the media in her “personal capacity” as an adviser to Donald Trump’s reelection campaign.
When Fox News asked her whether Joe Biden would soon receive access to intelligence briefings, McEnany replied, “That would be a question more for the White House.”
That answer is rather remarkable, considering McEnany is the top spokesperson for the White House. It should also be noted that McEnany has previously deflected questions at White House press briefings by referring them to the Trump campaign.
Political reporters immediately expressed outrage that McEnany, who makes a government salary of $183,000 a year, was refusing to speak for the White House, when that is the top requirement of her job.