Anthony Fauci gives final White House briefing

Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks at the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, January 21, 2021.

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DR. Anthony Fauci will give what is expected to be his last public briefing on the Covid-19 pandemic as senior White House medical adviser on Tuesday.

Fauci announced earlier this year that he would step down in December after serving as the public face of the United States’ response to the coronavirus pandemic for more than two years.

He will be together with Dr. Ashish Jha, head of the White House Covid task force. They are expected to encourage people to get their Covid boosters and flu shots as soon as possible.

Public health officials have repeatedly warned that the US is likely to face another wave of Covid this winter as people travel and gather for the holidays.

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The new boosters targeting the omicron BA.5 variant were quickly rolled out to stave off a large surge. But only about 11% of eligible people have received their shots so far.

The US is already facing a severe flu season with hospitalizations at a decade high.

And respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is putting children in the hospital much more frequently than they were before the pandemic.

Hospitals and emergency rooms are increasingly burdened with people seeking treatment for respiratory conditions.

Children’s hospitals last week urged the Biden administration to declare a public health emergency to offer more flexibility to deal with the surge in patients.

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