| 21 October 2021, Thursday |

‘Too soon to tell’: Fauci talks about Christmas gatherings as he warns Americans to not be complacent

It is too early to say whether Americans should avoid larger family gatherings for Christmas, said Chief medical adviser to US President Biden, Dr Anthony Fauci.
This comes in when the nation experiences a surge in new COVID-19 infections among children alongside lagging vaccination rates.

In an interview with “Face the Nation,” Fauci said that it is too soon to tell whether holiday gatherings should be limited due to the ongoing pandemic. He further added that Americans need to focus on lowering the number of new infections and hospitalisations.

The US recently surpassed 700,000 deaths from COVID-19. However, the surge of new cases, hospitalisations and deaths by the  Delta variant now appears to be slowing.

Fauci warned that the Americans should not be complacent. “If you look at the history … of the different surges we’ve had, it’s come up, start to come down and then all of a sudden boom, come back up again,” he said.