Dr. Fauci showed excited after receiving his Moderna vaccine Tuesday along with HHS Secretary Alex Azar of the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland and eight people who work there.
Before getting his vaccine, Fauci said it was an "honor" and the vaccine was a "symbol" of hope for the country and the world. Azar told the audience that all Americans could trust the vaccine and that it was a "medical miracle".
Earlier in the day, however, Fauci warned it could be until next July for most American citizens to be vaccinated.
They were vaccinated on Tuesday as a new mutant strain of COVID wreaked havoc in the UK and Europe and daily COVID deaths and cases continued to increase in the US.
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Dr. Fauci receives the Moderna vaccine at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland on Tuesday morning
Dr. Anthony Fauci gives a thumbs up after receiving the Moderna vaccine at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland on Tuesday
During an appearance on Good Morning America, he attempted to clear up the muddy schedule of exactly when the Americans will get the shot after Joe Biden's election as general secretary announced it could last until the end of summer.
Fauci said the vaccines will go public in the spring of late March. But he said it could be up to four months after that point before people actually received it in any meaningful number.
“You will get different versions from different people. The reason is the uncertainty about the efficiency of the implementation.
"In other words, if you say we've got to the point where it's open season, anyone can get the vaccine, not just the people in the priority areas that we do … we will probably be able to To vaccinate people in the broader category somewhere in late March, early April.
“How long it takes for everyone who needs to be vaccinated to be vaccinated varies a lot.
& # 39; It depends on the efficiency of the process.
"What I said, I think it's right, but it could be a month or two variant, seriously, I think we're going to start vaccinating the general public … it can be two, three, or four Take months or more before getting everyone vaccinated. That is the difference.
“We really all say the same thing – we start at a certain time. It may take two, three, or four months to get everyone who needs to be vaccinated.
"By the time we get to the summer, I hope we're almost there," he said.
How the vaccine is distributed depends on states.
Generally, they follow CDC guidelines on who gets them first, with health workers being first, along with nursing home staff and residents.
Then it will get the most vulnerable members of the public, followed by the general public.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar receives his Moderna vaccine Tuesday morning
Secretary Azar applauds after receiving the vaccine on Tuesday. He spoke beforehand to tell all Americans they could trust the vaccine
NIH director Francis Collins also received the vaccine Tuesday morning
The doses have been divided according to population size and are currently being distributed.
It is then up to each state to mobilize the vaccination program in hospitals or health facilities.
President Trump said earlier this month that WH staff, including himself, would wait for the vaccine to become more widely available to the public. He had the virus in October
Before he was shot dead in Bethesda, Fauci said, “What we are seeing now is the culmination of years of research that has resulted in an unprecedented phenomenon.
& # 39; A virus that was described this January to less than a year later has vaccines in people's arms.
"I consider it an honor to be part of this process."
Calling the vaccine a "medical miracle," Azar insisted that Americans could trust the vaccine and "any" vaccine the FDA approves.
He added, "I do this because I want to symbolize the importance to people that anyone who can be vaccinated will be vaccinated, but it's also a good feeling of achievement because this comes from labs in my institute."
The virus continues to devastate America, with more than 18 million cases recorded since March. Daily deaths and cases are now highest than they have been since the pandemic began
President-elect Joe Biden, 78, received the vaccine Monday at Christina Hospital in Newark, Delaware
Vice President Mike Pence received his vaccine last week. Then he said: "I didn't feel anything!"
The Moderna vaccine was the second after Pfizer to be approved by the FDA.
The 31-year-old AOC was accused of crossing the line to receive the vaccine
Earlier this week lawmakers including Alexandria Ocasio Cortez were beaten up for apparently cutting the line to get their push.
President Trump has not yet received his vaccine. He said he would wait until the "right time" to do it.
Vice President Pence had it, as did President-elect Joe Biden.
On Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would wait for it to be released to the public because he also didn't want to be seen standing in front of anyone else.
He said that while he desperately wanted and wanted it on camera, he didn't want the downside of being accused of taking a vaccine from a front-line worker when they are hard to come by.
When exactly the American public can get the vaccine is not yet known.
Fauci said Tuesday that there should be enough supplies for the majority of the country to get it in March, but that introduction could delay it.
He said by early summer people should be able to get access to it, but others have said it could be as long as next fall.
Fauci urges the federal government to run COVID tests on all flights to the UK, but says a "draconian" travel ban is NOT needed as a new mutant strain of COVID is likely already present
Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday morning there was "an active discussion" that tests should be made mandatory on transatlantic flights
Dr. Fauci on Tuesday called on the federal government to run COVID tests on all flights out of the UK after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urged airlines to adopt them and California Governor Gavin Newsom said he was considering doing so.
The sudden panic over flights from the UK was caused by a new COVID-19 strain that experts fear is 70 percent more contagious than before. It was discovered in the UK in September and has since been found in Australia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Italy and Gibraltar.
Although no cases have been confirmed in the U.S. yet, Dr. Fauci on Tuesday morning the comments of other scientists that it was most likely already here.
On Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo convinced British Airways, Delta and Virgin to begin requiring passengers to test COVID negative before they can board flights to New York City. Delta and Virgin say they will enforce it on flights to Atlanta as well.
But there are dozens of other UK-US flights every day that go unchecked.
BA offers daily flights from London to L.A.X. and next week they only cost £ 200. The airline also flies direct to Chicago, Dallas, Houston and Miami.
The UK's yellow infection rate has rebounded sharply since a national lockdown ended in early December – a resurgence that can be attributed to the new variant of Covid-19 that has isolated the UK through a series of travel bans. The US infection rate is still higher than the UK. Some scholars and politicians say America should stop flights from the UK as well
Delta and Virgin also offer one-stop flights to Orlando, but these flights do not require testing yet. The airline says it will run tests on all flights to the US at some point, but it hasn't said when they will go into effect on flights outside of NYC or Atlanta.
Cuomo said Monday he would prefer the US to temporarily ban all flights from the UK, but since the federal government has not taken any action, it is the best he can do to prevent the new strain from spreading. California Governor Newsom later said he was considering a similar move, but that he wanted the federal government to take action too.
WHAT THE AIRLINES DO
Mandatory COVID-19 testing on all flights to NYC starting December 22nd.
No mandatory tests on any other flight. The airline also flies to LA, Dallas, Houston, Chicago and Miami
Delta and Virgo
Compulsory testing on all flights to the US starting with NYC and Atlanta on December 24th.
Travelers must perform a LAMP or PCR test up to 72 hours before departure to create an additional level of security when traveling.
The airline also offers flights to Orlando and one-stop routes to other US cities
They ask people with booked flights to monitor their website for information.
No mandatory COVID-19 tests on flights.
Twice daily flights from London to the USA planned for 2021
Partner with BA. No mandatory tests on flights
Dr. Fauci continues Good morning America, said it was likely that testing would become mandatory on all transatlantic flights.
"You really have to assume it's already here. It's certainly not the dominant strain, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if it was here.
“Travel bans are really pretty draconian. There is some consideration everywhere as to the possibility and likelihood that individuals will need to be tested before boarding a plane to the United States.
& # 39; This is currently being actively discussed. The governor of New York is already doing this. That's a big difference between turning off the trip entirely, which is quite a dramatic step really.
"That's not really planned right now, but I wouldn't be surprised if the requirement of testing is actively being considered right now," he said.
Virgin, Delta and British Airways announced Monday that they will be running tests on flights from the UK to New York City. You will not do the tests yourself. Passengers must receive the test within 72 hours prior to boarding the aircraft.
British Airways insists on the negative tests starting Tuesday, but only on planes from London to New York City.
Delta and Virgin will be imposing their mandate from Christmas Eve and will also impose the rule on their flights from London to Atlanta.
United – which operates two flights a day between Heathrow and Newark – said it won't change its rules as the federal government has not yet insisted.
"No further changes are being made at this time, but we will continue to monitor the situation," a spokesman told DailyMail.com.
American Airlines has not yet specified whether or not to conduct mandatory testing – the airline has not responded to multiple requests for information.
Cuomo asked the federal government on Monday evening to adopt the same rules.
& # 39; We now have an agreement with the three airlines, but the point is bigger than just New York. We were concerned about a mutation in the virus. Everyone was worried about that.
“You have 120 countries where no one has to come from the UK unless they test negative and the US hasn't done anything.
A British Airways plane that arrived at JFK on Monday, one of dozen that flown in all day while more than 40 other countries dropped out of UK travel
Passengers arrive at JFK's Terminal 4 on Monday, taking a break for the city without being tested for COVID. There were national guard checks where people were asked to fill out their information
“I've been proactive for New York, I have the airlines that fly to New York, but we've learned this lesson before. It's frustrating.
“Just like we got COVID in the spring. The federal government believed the virus was in China.
"Yes, the people who go to New York will be negative, but we will have flights to Chicago, we will have flights to other parts of the country … these people will get flights."
"The whole idea that a state can protect itself was stupid from the start," he told CNN.
He added that scientists like Fauci are more cautious than he or other politicians, saying, “A scientist wants to see a flame before he tells you there is a fire. I see smoke, I dip the spot in the water. & # 39;
Newsom said Monday, “I hope the federal government takes action in this area. They should.
"We've seen Canada, we've seen so many other jurisdictions around the world that have done this."
"In the absence of this, we will pursue different strategies for testing and quarantine, which were activated during these discussions.
"As soon as I have more information, I will share that information with you."
The question arises as to why this step was not taken sooner and why the airlines are not running the tests for all of their flights around the world.
In March and April, at the height of the New York City pandemic, testing was difficult, which is likely the explanation.
Rapid tests, which are most commonly used today but are not as accurate as the infamous swabs, were almost non-existent.
Some are now wondering why mandatory rapid tests are not the rule on every flight.
Others say mandatory COVID testing on flights doesn't work because a] rapid tests aren't as reliable as people might think, and b] a person can easily catch COVID between the time the test is performed and the time they board the flight.
The border between Europe and America has been closed to non-citizens or exempted since President Trump's March 21 ordinance.