Fauci shares his thoughts on leading COVID-19 vaccines, SARS-CoV-2 transmission, antibody research, and where the US went wrong in pandemic response.
The US has reached another inflection point in the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In this last week, the nation reached 200,000 deaths from the virus—far and away the most among any country—as recoil 2 weeks following Labor Day Weekend began a steady trend upward in daily new cases.
A second wave has begun within days of the fall season beginning, within weeks of schools reopening, and within a month of the upcoming flu season. It has started at a time when returns to regional lockdowns are being considered, and reception to the idea is being more challenged by the public.
After 7 months of fear, spread, debate, politicization, and mostly unanswered hope for a return to normalcy, people could use a salve. They could use a reminder about the best practices right now, and the biggest myths about the virus. They could use assurance that their efforts to reduce spread are worthwhile, that science is progressing towards a solution—that there is an endgame to COVID-19.
Who better to give that message than Anthony Fauci, MD?
This month’s Lungcast episode from HCPLive® and the American Lung Association (ALA) features the longtime head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a world-renowned immunologist and ambassador to science-informed public health practice.
In 8 months, Fauci’s decades of exemplary contribution to his field have been practically topped by his presence in national messaging regarding the pandemic, his role on the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force, and in the guided development of promising vaccine candidates.
And now, he’s sharing vital insights and perspectives into COVID-19 vaccines, SARS-CoV-2 transmission, antibody development, future pandemic preparedness, and the theology that has come to burden the country’s failed response.
“Something went wrong,” Fauci said on Lungcast. “When this is all over—which it will be, this will end—we need to look back and dissect, do a postmortem, and figure out what could we have done different to prevent such a degree of morbidity and mortality in our country.”
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