The White House has had “serious discussions” with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about recommending that those vaccinated against COVID-19 be able to socialize together, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, who said he is eager to continue that advice and finally hug. his daughter after a year.
Noting that “while it’s not backed by data, it’s backed by common sense,” Fauci told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Thursday night that people who have gotten all their doses could start dating.
Fauci, who serves as President Biden’s scientific advisor, noted that “although the risk is not zero, the risk becomes extremely low when both parties are vaccinated.
“So we’re going to start seeing people saying: ‘Hey, the more people get vaccinated, I can have dinner with my family member who comes,” he said.
“Before they were vaccinated, if they wanted to come visit him, they would have to quarantine themselves for a while, get tested, wear a mask,” said the nation’s top infectious disease doctor.
“My professional judgment is that when my daughter wants to come here and is twice vaccinated, I will take her home and give her a big hug that I have not been able to do for a year,” he added.
Fauci also spoke about the new coronavirus strain emerging in the Big Apple that shares some of the characteristics with the South African variant.
As of mid-February, the variant, called B.1.526, was present in about 12 percent of coronavirus samples collected in the city and surrounding areas, according to researchers from Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.
“You know, it started just as a group in the Washington Heights section next to Columbia Medical Center and then it started working its way through the other parts of the city, the other districts, and it’s something you really need to pay attention to because it has some worrying mutations. , the group of mutations, “Fauci said on CNN.
“Once again, that is the reason why we continue to apply public health measures and vaccinate as many people as possible. Anything you tell us about a mutant will be counteracted by getting people vaccinated, ”he said.
When asked if current vaccines work against the variant, Fauci said: “No, we don’t know if they work directly against it, but that’s the point you want to get across to people.
“Although this vaccine does not correspond directly to a variant that could occur, anywhere (South America, South Africa, California, New York), the higher the level of protection against the original, the spill of protection against the variant “.