Dr. Anthony Fauci is providing an estimated timeline on the United States’ relative return to normalcy.
The country’s top infectious expert opened up to CNN about estimated timelines on Sunday (November 15).
During the interview, he said he believed the U.S. could start getting back to relative normality by the second or third quarter of next year – around April or July of 2021. He also said gatherings could happen again dependent on a number of factors, including vaccines.
He discussed Pfizer’s announcement of a vaccine that has proven to be more than 90% effective.
“That’s great, but we have to get people to take the vaccine. So, if we get the overwhelming majority of people taking the vaccine, and you have on the one hand an effective vaccine, on the other hand, a high degree of uptake of the vaccine, we could start getting things back to relative normal as we get into the second and third quarter of the year, where people can start thinking about doing things that were too dangerous just months ago,” he explained.
He added that America “can’t just wish it happening,” adding that vaccines must be deployed and public health measures must still be followed.