Anthony FauciAnthony Fauci38 percent of Americans planning on having Thanksgiving dinner with 10 or more people States split on COVID-19 responses as cases surge Sunday shows preview: Biden team gears up for transition, Trump legal battles continue and pandemic rages on MORE, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, on Sunday recommended continued protections such as wearing masks and social distancing after a coronavirus vaccine becomes available.
CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperOvernight Defense: Another Defense official resigns | Pentagon chief says military ‘remains strong’ despite purge | Top contender for Biden DOD secretary would be historic pick Ex-CIA Director Brennan: Trump ‘score settling’ with Pentagon changes Defense deputy chief of staff latest Pentagon official to resign MORE asked Fauci on “State of the Union” if “once the process is complete, does that mean [people] can take off their masks, they don’t have to social distance, they can just go about their lives as before?”
“I would recommend that that is not the case. I would recommend you have an added area of protection,” Fauci replied.
“Obviously, with a 90-plus percent effective vaccine, you could feel much more confident. But I would recommend to people to not abandon all public health measures just because you have been vaccinated, because even though, for the general population, it might be 90 to 95 percent effective, you don’t necessarily know, for you, how effective it is,” he added.
Fauci added that once he receives the vaccine, he’s “not going to abandon completely public health measures.”
“I could feel more relaxed, in essentially not having the stringency of it that we have right now, but I think abandoning it completely would not be a good idea,” he said.
Asked by Tapper whether it would be safe for Americans to gather for holidays such as Christmas and Thanksgiving in 2021, Fauci said it “depends on a number of factors.”
“We are not going to turn it on and off, going from where we are to completely normal. It’s going to be a gradual accrual of more normality as the weeks and the months go by, as we get well into 2021,” Fauci said.
Fauci also called Ron Klain, chief of staff to President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenViolence erupts between counter-protestors, Trump supporters following DC rally Biden considering King for director of national intelligence: report Here are the 17 GOP women newly elected to the House this year MORE, an “excellent choice.”
“I worked very closely with Ron Klain during the Ebola outbreak. He was the — they called it a czar. He never liked that word czar. He was the coordinator. But he was absolutely terrific at the Ebola situation, where we had a very successful ultimate endgame with Ebola,” Fauci said.