US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said Tuesday that he is more optimistic that the end of the Covid-19 pandemic is within reach.
“It can be easy to just feel frustrated and tired, and those are absolutely understandable feelings at this point, starting year three of this pandemic, but I actually feel more optimistic, Wolf, about the future, about getting back to some sense of normal, more so now than I did at any other point during the pandemic,” Murthy told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
Murthy said he is optimistic because vaccines work to prevent severe disease and death, even with the more contagious Omicron variant. There are more medicines to treat Covid-19 than ever before. There are also better evidence-based strategies to use masks and tests. Production of both, he said, has picked up.
“This puts us in a much better place to be prepared, for not just Omicron but for future variants that may arise,” Murthy said.
It’s still important for people to take precautions in public spaces, especially indoors, and wear masks. “But as more people get vaccinated and the case numbers come down overall, we will be able to peel back on some of those restrictions,” Murthy said.
Murthy couldn’t give an exact timeline on when the country will get back to normal.
“We all want to be able to predict a specific timeline. I don't know the exact answer to that. I know that if you are vaccinated and boosted … the faster we're going to get there.”
Here is CNN's Wolf Blitzer discussing with the US Surgeon General when the pandemic will end: