COVID-19 pandemic restrictions could end “soon,” even as early as this year, NIAID director Anthony Fauci told the Financial Times in an interview published Tuesday.
Fauci explained that he does not believe “we are going to eradicate this virus,” but said that it will instead reach an “equilibrium,” reports Axios.
“Fauci is the boy who cried wolf,” Peter Pitts said. “His most important audience is the vaccine-hesitant and they aren’t listening to him anymore.”
In his recent article “Fauci Must Go,” in RealClear Health, Pitts says:
“At this moment in time, Dr. Fauci is not the guy to address our nation’s most pressing public health problem – convincing unvaccinated Americans to take the plunge. In fact, he has become the bête noire of the anti-vax movement.”
Pitts says it’s time for President Biden to empower Surgeon General Murthy to speak on behalf of science — and the Administration.
- Fmr. FDA Associate Commissioner
- President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest (CMPI)
- Visiting Professor at the University of Paris School of Medicine.
- Fmr. member of the United States Senior Executive Service.
- Named one of the 300 “most powerful people in American healthcare,” by Modern Healthcare Magazine
New HIV Variant Discovered: May be More Infectious and Severe
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that mutations in a virus can significantly change a pathogen’s infectiousness and severity of the disease, Healthline reports.
Now, new research from the University of Oxford finds a new variant of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, that is potentially more infectious and could more seriously affect the immune system.
So far, 109 people, most of whom live in the Netherlands, have the variant.
But Peter Pitts said he doesn’t think the new variant is a cause for alarm.
“I think it’s a cause for renewed focus,” he told Healthline on Friday. “We’ve really been able to move HIV, AIDS, from a deadly disease to a chronic one.
“The battle against viruses is a never-ending one,” he continued. “I think that from a public health perspective, we should focus on prophylactic care.”
Pitts added that he thinks one of the lessons from COVID-19 is that testing is an “unappreciated weapon against viruses” and that it should remind us that by testing more regularly, we could develop new, more sophisticated, and less expensive tests.
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