In an interview with Axios published Thursday, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said â€œthe endgame is to suppress the virus.â€ But 160,000 new cases of the coronavirus per day is â€œnot even modestly good control,â€ he declared.
â€œIn a country of our size, you canâ€™t be hanging around and having 100,000 infections a day,â€ Fauci explained. â€œYouâ€™ve got to get well below 10,000 before you start feeling comfortable.â€
Last month, Fauci said the spread of the highly transmissible delta variant â€” responsible for the recent spike in infections nationwide â€” could be largely contained by the spring of 2022 if an â€œoverwhelming majorityâ€ of unvaccinated people receive the shot.Â
With more people inoculated with the vaccines, which are proven to be a safe and effective way of mitigating transmission and warding off serious illness, Fauci saidÂ â€œyouâ€™ll still get some people getting infected, but youâ€™re not going to have it as a public health threat.â€