With Biden in office, Dr. Fauci takes the limelight once again during Coronavirus briefings at the White House.
Interestingly, Fauci isn’t doom and gloom anymore and is now seeing the brighter side of things combatting this pandemic.
Despite giving ominous warnings of a massive post-holiday spike weeks ago, Fauci now thinks cases have already reached their peak.
Is that so Fauci?
That’s what you think now that Biden has taken the Oval Office?
The timing is just too obvious.
Dr. Fauci asked about difference between Trump and Biden administrations:
"The idea that you can get up here and talk about what you know, what the evidence, what the science is and know that's it, let the science speak — it is somewhat of a liberating feeling." pic.twitter.com/SAMZaGwDSt
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 21, 2021
He feels liberated and that he’s back.
During his briefing, Fauci even shed optimism that America would be back to some sense of normalcy by the fall.
Dr. Fauci talks about vaccine distribution in his first press conference of the Biden era: If 70-85% of the country gets vaccinated by summer, the US could hit a “degree of normality” in the fall. pic.twitter.com/VKOT0Kh9Cp
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) January 21, 2021
Why the change in tune with the switch in the White House?
US coronavirus: Country may not be back to normal until 2022, Fauci says https://t.co/bRhSkXkFpA
Scientist say country wont be back to normal til 2022. What is Biden going to do to cure it.
— 20dtrump20 (@20dtrump20) October 29, 2020
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) October 28, 2020
That’s so convenient that he’s suddenly confident normalcy returns in 2021.
Anyone who can critically think can connect the dots.
Zero Hedge reported on Fauci’ s new optimism and other COVID-19 updates:
Finally, Dr. Fauci said Thursday that it looks like new cases in the USA might actually be plateauing, despite the holiday surge we were promised by him a few months ago. But where is this more optimistic frame of mind based on? Well, the diminutive doctor admitted that he feels “liberated” by Biden.
The data would appear to bear that out.
Finally, in Europe, where travel bans, curfews and lockdown extensions continue (even as Bavaria bucks the trend in Europe) the UK is now banning arrivals from Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Across the continent, EU leaders are agreeing that lockdown measures need to be strengthened, despite the growing body of evidence that they do little to stop the spread of the virus, according to a massive peer-reviewed study that hit recently.
They’re even agreeing that across the Continent, all leisure and business travel must be curbed, at least for now. In the Netherlands, PM Mark Rutte has unsurprisingly managed to convince residents that a travel ban is ready,
And so much for all the mutant strains that policy makers have used to justify new lockdowns in the US, because Bloomberg’s data shows cases are now falling in the vast majority of the US. In 42 US states, the seven-day case average has fallen more than 10% from a week earlier, while the other four had more modest drops, according to Covid Tracking Project data. Overall, the US seven-day average is down 20% from a week ago, to 192,825, because the drop is much greater in some states, down 39% in Missouri, for instance.
Yesterday was a mixed bag for the US on the COVID front: After the US topped 400K COVID deaths earlier this year, the US saw a new daily record number of deaths to coincide with Biden’s inauguration. Meanwhile, the WHO finally acknowledged that the “conspiracy theorists” were right about the COVID “case-demic”, and that Ct overmagnification during PCR testing might be producing many false positives.
On Monday, it appears more evidence is beginning to emerge that COVID hospitalizations in the US are seeing a trajectory-shift which should feed through to lower mortality numbers in the weeks ahead, according to models produced by analysts at Goldman Sachs.
An analysis of how vaccinations are impacting hospitalizations shows that there is a correlation between growing vaccination numbers, and lower hospitalizations.
Before introducing a second chart, the Goldman team writes that it “analyzed hospitalizations for the 25 largest states (by population) representing 88% of all US hospitalizations. We find there has been a 55% correlation between the vaccinations as of the beginning of the year and the YTD decline in hospitalizations. This further supports the connection between recent vaccinations and the decline in hospitalizations.”
As the COVID Tracking Project data show, daily cases have continued to move lower in all four regions of the country, while nationally hospitalizations have started to dip (a trend that, as Goldman’s charts suggest, may be extended).
It’s just the latest sign that Wall Street truly believes that we have reached “the beginning of the end” of COVID…whether that actually turns out to be accurate, however, is another story.
Meanwhile, after Biden officially ordered the US to halt its departure from the WHO yesterday and rejoin its Covax vaccine-sharing program spearheaded by Bill Gates, Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared at an early morning meeting Thursday where he reaffirmed America’s commitment to the WHO.
Dr. Fauci, who will now lead the US delegation, said “I am honored to announce that the United States will remain a member of the World Health Organization.” His words marked the first public statement by a member of Biden’s administration to an international audience – and a sign of the priority that the new president has made of fighting COVID-19 both at home and with world partners.