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Dr. Anthony Fauci offers timeline on when the U.S. will go back to normal

Dr. Anthony Fauci said 2021, 2022 might be a more normal time for Americans.

In this photo provided by CBS News, the National Institute of Health’s Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, speaks on CBS’s “Face the Nation” in Washington. Speaking on the Ebola virus, Fauci said it’s perfectly normal to feel an
In this photo provided by CBS News, the National Institute of Health’s Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, speaks on CBS’s “Face the Nation” in Washington.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci recently said in an online discussion that the United States could return to “some semblance of normality” by 2021 or 2022 — if a COVID-19 vaccine works out.

What’s going on?

The Los Angeles Times reports that Fauci said during a virtual discussion with the University of Melbourne that the future of the country could be normal if enough people take the coronavirus vaccine.

  • “I think it will be easily by the end of 2021 — and perhaps even into the next year — before we start having some semblance of normality,” he said.

He could also see a future where restaurants never get to full capacity and people have to wear face masks indoors.

Fauci said wearing masks may be more common moving forward as it has been in place before the pandemic began, according to The Los Angeles Times.

More from Fauci

Fauci also recently said the first coronavirus vaccine doses would be available to high risk populations around late December or early January, according to Reuters.

Fauci said the U.S. should know about the efficacy of the vaccine within the next few weeks.