(Washington, DC) — White House Chief Medical Adviser Anthony Fauci is urging Americans to get their COVID-19 boosters. He did so in likely his last briefing on the pandemic. Fauci earlier this year announced he’ll step down in December from his roles running the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and advising the White House. Speaking to reporters, Fauci said the data overwhelmingly shows COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, noting that hundreds of millions of doses have been distributed in the U.S. He called on Americans to make sure they get their COVID-19 booster shots as the winter months approach. Fauci has advised seven U.S. presidents and served during the HIV-Aids epidemic, West Nile virus and Ebola threats.
Fauci: No more handshaking:
From Reuters: A post made on Oct. 2 featuring this old video is visible here .
In the clip, Dr Fauci says “There’s no reason to be walking around with a mask. When you’re in the middle of an outbreak, wearing a mask might make people feel a little bit better and it might even block a droplet, but it’s not providing the perfect protection that people think that it is. And, often, there are unintended consequences — people keep fiddling with the mask and they keep touching their face.”
Fauci made this comment on an interview with 60 Minutes on March 8, during the early stages of the novel coronavirus outbreak in the United States. A longer extract of the interview is visible youtu.be/PRa6t_e7dgI (see 30-second mark).