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Too Soon to Tell When This Covid Pandemic Ends

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House medical advisor said during a virtual panel at the Davos economic forum, that “It is an open question whether it will be the live virus vaccination that everyone is hoping for” write the Washington Post.

“I would hope that that’s the case. But that would only be the case if we don’t get another variant that eludes the immune response of the prior variant. If you look at the history of infectious diseases, we’ve only eradicated one. And that’s smallpox. That’s not going to happen with the coronavirus.”

– Dr. Anthony Fauci, during a virtual panel at the Davos economic forum (source: The Washington Post)

During the discussion, Dr. Fauci reportedly predicted that “Since Omicron is highly transmissible but apparently less likely to cause as severe disease as some previous variants, it could mark a transition from this Covid-19 pandemic chapter to an endemic phase.”

“We were fortunate that Omicron did not share some of the same characteristics as Delta. But the sheer volume of people who are getting infected overrides that rather less level of pathogenicity. It is an open question as to whether or not Omicron is going to be the live virus vaccination that everyone is hoping for because you have such a great deal of variability with new variants emerging.”

– Dr. Anthony Fauci, during a virtual panel at the Davos economic forum (source: CNN Health)

The CNN Health writes in a headline news “Early signs suggest the Omicron wave is peaking in some parts of the US, but relief is far from near”.

“The Omicron surge has driven Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations to record highs in the United States. This week, however, officials have started to call out very early signs that the wave is peaking — or at least plateauing — in parts of the Northeast. But case rates are still higher in this region than any other, and experts say it will be weeks before any change can be declared a trend.”

Comparing Omicron’s quick rise & fall tend in South Africa, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said “I do think in places that we are seeing this really steep incline, that we may well see also a precipitous decline. But we’re also a much bigger country than South Africa, and so it may very well be that we see this ice pick-shape, but that it travels across the country.”

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of Jan 19, 9 a.m.) 654,197,025 doses have been distributed and 530,430,844 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data (as of Jan 17) a total of 9,048,375 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of Jan 19) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 1,193,504 (out of 17,330,816 tested) with 11,037 deaths.