The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health also serves as the chief White House medical adviser but will be departing at the end of the year. He told Bloomberg Law that the United States needs to prepare for a “pretty bad flu season” in a Wednesday interview.
In an exclusive interview, Anthony Fauci warned that the US should be prepared for a “pretty bad flu season” on top of continued Covid-19 cases this winter.
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“We should be prepared for that, superimposed upon what I hope is the residual and not another spike of COVID,” he added. “We better pay attention.”
He also gave his approval of the Food and Drug Administration’s recent move clearing new COVID-19 booster vaccines. Fauci told the outlet he thinks this new round of boosters could help qualm a crisis that could come from a difficult flu season alongside the existing COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Fauci, it’s important to plan ahead for these events. “One of the mistakes we’ve made is that we concentrate on the problem that’s right in front of you and put off focusing on what might be a problem in the future,” he said.
Following his White House departure, Fauci said, “I’m not going to reestablish my laboratory, but I will be advising from a scientific standpoint because I do have a lot of experience in vaccinology and in HIV.”
“I will be making input probably in advisory panels and on boards of scientific councils and things like that to go for a vaccine,” he added.