Washington DC( Aryavarth): White House coronavirus advisor Dr Anthony Fauci had on Wednesday said that he doesn’t see ‘us eradicating’ the coronavirus. It is, however, possible for world leaders and public health officials to work together to bring the virus down to “low levels.”
“I think with a combination of good public health measures, a degree of global herd immunity and a good vaccine, which I do hope and feel cautiously optimistic that we will get, I think when we put all three of those together, we will get control of this—whether it’s this year or next year. I’m not certain,” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during a webinar with the TB Alliance.
He later added: “I don’t really see us eradicating it.”
Fauci emphasised on the need to do more in fighting the virus outbreak. He said the government officials must do a better job in containing the virus, which can be partly accomplished by adopting mask mandates and closing restaurants and bars.
“We are certainly not at the end of the game,” Fauci said. “Certainly, we are not winning the game right now—we are not beating it.”
US Covid-19 tally surpasses 4 million-mark
The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc across the world by killing more than 6 lakh people and infecting over 15 million globally so far. The Covid-19 cases in the United States have crossed four million-mark, according to Johns Hopkins University.
A total of 76,570 Covid-19 cases and 1,225 deaths were reported in the United States in the last 24 hours. The US has till now reported 4,021,053 Covid-19 cases and 143,967 deaths, as per the latest data. New York has recorded by far the most deaths of any US state at more than 32,000 with California in fourth place with over 8,000 deaths.
Meanwhile, the total Covid-19 infections worldwide stand at 15,348,877 and 626,190 fatalities have been reported so far. Despite the surge in cases, countries across the world including the US, India, Denmark and Italy have started the process of lifting the lockdown by easing restrictions.