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When could the US return to a certain normality? Give date

Top White House epidemiologist Anthony Fauci said the United States could return to “relative normalcy” around the second or third quarter of 2021, although he warned that it depends on a number of factors such as future vaccines.

“We have to get people to get the vaccine, so if we can get an overwhelming majority of people to get it, and you have an effective one on the one hand and a high level of use on the other, we could start making things get back to being relatively normal as we enter the second and fourth quarters of the year, “said Fauci, in an interview with CNN television.

Even so, he insisted that a series of factors have to occur: “We have a vaccine, it has to be distributed and we cannot abandon fundamental public health measures. You can achieve a degree of normality while doing fundamental public health things ”.

Asked about the process of transition from the Donald Trump Administration to the future government of Democrat Joe Biden, Fauci said that it would be better for government officials to start working as soon as possible with the team of the former vice president of Barack Obama (2009-2017) , in regards to the health crisis.

“Of course it would be better if we could start working with them,” said the director of the government’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

“As you know,” he added, “I have gone through multiple transitions, having served six presidents for 36 years. And it is very clear that the transition process we are going through is really important in a smooth delivery of information, as if it were the relay of a race ”.

“You don’t want to stop and then give it to someone, you essentially want to keep marching,” he noted.

On November 7, Biden was declared the winner of the presidential election by media projections, but outgoing President Donald Trump has not acknowledged his defeat on the grounds of fraud, and has hinted that he will not facilitate a peaceful transition. power.

In the last week, the United States, the country most affected by the pandemic with almost 11 million cases and more than 245,000 deaths, has suffered daily records of new infections of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, with an unprecedented figure of 187,095 new infections on Friday.

Despite this increase, Fauci ruled out that a national confinement would be declared, but predicted quarantine orders in specific places.

“If we do not turn around the rebound (…) we are not going to impose a national confinement, I think that is very clear, but I think we are going to start seeing at the local level, that is, governors, mayors or people at scale premises that will, as you have said, make surgical restrictions, which are the functional equivalent of a local confinement ”.

This week the American pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced that its vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 is 90% effective, above that required by the country’s regulators, which promises a rapid emergency authorization for its availability to the public. .