If it were solely up to infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, the American people would be forced to endure restrictive coronavirus mitigation measures for years to come, if not in perpetuity.
Such was the takeaway from comments made by the senior White House pandemic adviser during a public health panel discussion earlier in March, according to Just the News.
Fauci agrees with China
Fauci participated in the virtual panel discussion hosted by the University of Edinburgh titled “The Future of Health,” where he was joined by an individual billed as his counterpart in the communist Chinese regime, a pulmonologist and top public health official named Zhong Nanshan.
During that discussion, Zhong severely downplayed the notion of natural immunity as being “less scientific” and instead promoted “mass vaccinations” as the only way in which societies could definitively defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Zhong’s view, it “will take about two or three years time with global collaboration” to achieve sufficient herd immunity to stop the spread of the virus.
In the meantime, the Chinese communist party’s top doctor lamented the fact that other nations — such as the U.S. — were not being as strict as China about imposing mitigation members on the people, which he argued was detrimental to the goal of slowing and eventually stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Don’t ease restrictions too quickly
Just the News noted that Fauci seemed to be in agreement with his communist counterpart that some places — such as many Republican-led states — had invited danger and delayed a full return to normality by “jump[ing] the gun or do[ing] it too quickly” with regard to easing pandemic-related restrictions.
“It is important to realize,” Fauci said, “that variants arise, and if you suppress the virus in one country, but it is allowed to spread uninhibited in other areas of the world, sooner or later, the variants, the new lineages, the mutants, will come back and rekindle the outbreak, even in countries that seem to have it under control. So we still have a considerable amount of task in front of us.”
He suggested that unless a nation or society continued working hard to “completely suppress” the virus, “we will continue to be challenged by variants, which have a way of coming back to bite us.”
Restrictions must persist
This is actually one of the few topics about which Fauci has been consistent. In mid-February, he told CNN that Americans would likely have to continue wearing masks well into 2022, if not longer, until the threat of the virus had reached a “minimal” level.
Similarly, Voice of America reported in mid-March that Fauci had made the media rounds to decry states that were easing restrictions and warned that doing so would result in new surges of infections, hospitalizations, and deaths.
Likewise, during a White House press briefing Wednesday, in response to whether America was “turning the corner” in defeating the pandemic, Fauci replied that we had only just reached the corner and it “remains to be seen” if that corner could be turned. “I don’t think you can declare ‘victory’ and say you’ve turned the corner. You’ve got to continue to do what we’re doing: more vaccinations and continue to do public health measures until we actually do turn the corner,” he said.