Dr. Anthony Fauci: Coronavirus Could Return in Cycles, Need Vaccine

By: - March 25, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on Wednesday warned that the coronavirus could keep returning as a “seasonal, cyclic thing,” like the flu.

“The reason I say that is that what we’re starting to see now, in the Southern Hemisphere … is that we’re having cases that are appearing at they go into their winter season. And if, in fact, they have a substantial outbreak, it will be inevitable that we need to be prepared that we’ll get a cycle around the second time,” said Fauci. 

Additionally, Fauci said the U.S. needs to develop a vaccine and test it quickly so it will be available for the next cycle as well as a “menu of drugs that we have shown to be effective and shown to be safe.”

I know we’ll be successful in putting this thing down now, but we really need to be prepared for another cycle,” Fauci said during a press briefing at the White House. 

And what we’re doing, I believe, will prepare us well.”

Dr. Deborah Birx, the response coordinator for the coronavirus task force, echoed Fauci’s assessment. 

We’re dealing with Cycle A right now,” Birx said. 

More than 64,000 coronavirus cases have been reported across the U.S. and Washington, D.C., and killed at least 920. 

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