The chief infectious disease specialist of the United States, Anthony Fauci, suggests that residents of the country will be able to gather in larger groups than previously expected by July 4. This opinion was expressed by the director of the National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases of the United States on Tuesday at MSNBC.
“Understand that this is absolutely permissible and possible,” he said in response to a question in connection with a recent statement by US President Joe Biden, who noted that on July 4, citizens of the country might celebrate not only US Independence Day but also independence day from the coronavirus. According to the head of state, this does not mean that there will be large events with many people, but small groups will be able to come together.
“He (Biden) said that we would be able to achieve this if we take precautions,” Fauci said. “But the more effort we make, given the low number of infections, the better. I don’t think it excludes the possibility of [further easing of restrictions], but it says that this is the minimum of what we can achieve by July 4.”
According to the US federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 21% of the state population – more than 71 million people – received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. About 11.5% – 38.3 million people – were fully vaccinated.