Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, faced criticism on Sunday after claiming during an interview with CBS News that it was “too soon” to tell if people can get together with family and friends over Christmas.
Fauci made the remarks during an interview with CBS News’ Margaret Brennan on “Face The Nation” in response to the upcoming holiday.
“It’s just too soon to tell,” Fauci said when asked if people could gather for Christmas. “We’ve just got to [be] concentrating on continuing to get those numbers down and not try to jump ahead by weeks or months and say what we’re going to do at a particular time. Let’s focus like a laser on continuing to get those cases down. And we can do it by people getting vaccinated, and also in the situation where boosters are appropriate to get people boosted because we know that they can help greatly in diminishing infection and diminishing advanced disease, the kinds of data that are now accumulating in real time.”