Fauci: “Pandemic is CERTAINLY Over” — “Pandemic is BY NO MEANS Over”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert and chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, walked back Wednesday on his statement that the pandemic is “certainly” over.

In a PBS interview just a day earlier, Judy Woodruff of “PBS NewsHour” noted that it’s the end of April and the spring of 2022 before asking Dr. Fauci how close the U.S. is to emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic. After initially calling it an “unanswerable question,” he then declared that the country is “out of the pandemic phase.”

This news spread quickly as the administration’s medical mouthpiece surprised nearly everyone with the proclamation.

However, on a podcast Wednesday, the immunologist clearly backtracked on the previous day’s statement. “We’ve now decelerated and transitioned into more of a controlled phase,” Fauci clarified before adding that “by no means does that mean the pandemic is over.”

He then rolled out a checklist that he says needs to be followed to be vigilant against what he called the “fulminant phase” of the pandemic, meaning huge variant surges. Among actions Fauci urged are getting more people fully vaccinated, developing better vaccines and booster strategies, and ensuring quick treatment is available for the infected.

The 81-year-old Fauci already announced he is skipping the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner Saturday due to COVID-19 concerns. And earlier this month he expressed his support for individual Americans making their own medical risk decisions over the coronavirus pandemic.

It was just last week, however, when Fauci sharply criticized a federal judge’s ruling to end the federal mask mandate for public transportation. He argued that public health decisions should be made by public health organizations, saying the “trained epidemiologists and scientists” can make recommendations better than a judge without public health experience.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — and every other government agency — are clearly subject to the Constitution and judicial oversight. And while medical experts and health professionals are vital for dealing with present and future medical emergencies, they are hardly all-knowing. As this week’s flip-flop and a long series of mixed messages confirms, there must be a healthy dose of common sense added to any sweeping one-size-fits-all medical mandates.