Fauci: ‘We’re not where we need to be if we’re going to quote ‘living with the virus'”

“We must always be mindful of how unusual this virus is and continues to be in its ability to evolve into new variants that challenge standard public health mechanisms to deal with an outbreak,” Fauci said Monday, adding that the intensity of the epidemic is currently “unacceptably high”. On Monday, nearly 400 people died of Covid every day, According to the CDC.

Fauci attributed the persistence of the virus in part to the “lack of uniform acceptance of the interventions that are available to us in this country.”

“Even now, more than two years, almost three years into the outbreak, we only have 67% of our population vaccinated and only half of them have received a single boost,” said Fauci said.

Fauci acknowledged that the pandemic is “heading in the right direction”, but warned that it is “likely we will see another variant emerge” in late fall and early winter.