Fauci: COVID Pandemic Has Now Transitioned To “Control Stage” In U.S.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Joe Biden’s Chief Medical Adviser, expressing optimism about where we are in the fight against the coronavirus. Dr. Anthony Fauci says the U.S. has transitioned from the pandemic phase of COVID-19, to the control stage. That news comes more than two years after the virus was first detected in the country.

Fauci has previously described five phases of the pandemic. The first: a full-blown pandemic, which is where the U.S. spent most of the last two years. The second is deceleration, and the third is control, which indicates that the virus is becoming endemic in the population. After this phase comes elimination and eradication.

According to the latest numbers the U.S. is reporting nearly 51,000 COVID cases, and just under 400 deaths per day. Fauci says, “We are certainly right now in this country, out of the pandemic phase, namely, we don’t have 900,000 new infections a day and tens and tens and tens of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths.”

Fauci noted that people may have to get annual vaccinations to keep infection levels low.

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