Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Dr. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said it was "not too late" for people traveling home after Thanksgiving to help curb the virus by wearing masks, staying distant from others and avoiding large groups of people. Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 13 million people have been infected. And perhaps even two or three weeks down the line. White House spokesman Brian Morgenstern said in a statement that leaders from state governments, the military and scientific community will attend the Dec 8 gathering, as the administration "prepares to deliver this historic, life-saving vaccine to every zip code in the United States within 24 hours of an FDA approval".
After millions of people traveled this past weekend for Thanksgiving, Fauci is predicting another surge in coronavirus cases.
The recent surge in the coronavirus cases in the country suggest that Fauci's words are turning true, as more than 150,000 positive cases are being detected in the U.S. since November 1. This spring these daily figures fell to less than 100 000.
"There is nearly certainly going to be an uptick because of what has happened with the travel", Fauci was quoted by CNN as saying.
A shop in Delaware, November 28, 2020. The expert also added the arrival of an effective vaccine could act as a light at the end of the tunnel.
"People need to ask themselves is it really prudent to do the kind of traveling this season that you normally would have done", Fauci said.
The overwhelming majority of Americans could be vaccinated against Covid-19 by the second quarter of next year, leading to herd immunity by the fall, Dr Anthony Fauci, the USA government's top infectious disease doctor, said on Tuesday (Dec 1).