The only way to address the recent surge in cases in some US states like Michigan is to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible while also not pulling back on Covid-19 mitigation strategies, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday.
“Several of the states are pulling back on mask mandates. They’re pulling back on restrictions on capacity for restaurants and bars,” Fauci said at a National Press Club event. “It is premature to declare a victory. We've got to continue and hang in there a bit longer by continuing with the public health measures.”
The B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant first reported in the United Kingdom is also contributing to these surges, Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said.
“We’ll be able to pull back for sure as we get more and more people vaccinated, so we don’t want to be too premature in saying ‘okay, we could go ahead and just let it fly: No more masks. Don't worry about congregate settings,’” Fauci said. “That would be a mistake.”