Fauci: Use Masks Even After COVID-19 Vaccine Is Ready

Henrietta Strickland
October 29, 2020

Two government officials recently said at a forum from the Heritage Foundation that the government plans to have hundreds of millions of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine that will be distributed within the three first months of next year, according to The Washington Post.

Fauci and Dr. Kathleen Neuzil, director of the Center for Vaccine Development at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, delivered keynote addresses at the symposium.

The school said Fauci spoke for about 20 minutes, on the public health and scientific challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and what is next - which he hopes is a vaccine candidate in the very near future.

"Adhering to public health measures now is going to make it easier and more quickly get to where we want to go, which is approaching some form of normality", he said. "If everybody had done that uniformly, I don't think we would be in the position we're in right now".

He added: "The scourge in the United States is nearly becoming a political statement, and I know that with the global media coverage, it is really ... very, very hard".

Mitigation strategies such as wearing face masks, social distancing and avoiding large crowds will be important in preventing the spread of infection for "quite some time", Fauci said.

It indicates that the people becoming infected now are younger and healthier, and the hospital system is more equipped to handle the crisis than before.

Multiple vaccine trials were halted in the USA earlier this year out of safety concerns but most have now resumed.

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