During a dialogue with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci that aired on Sunday’s broadcast of CNN’s “State of the Union,” host Jake Tapper asked about the possibility that holidays could be safely celebrated under the threat of COVID-19.
Fauci said a vaccine would be required to reach a “degree of normality” with Tapper concluding Christmas would probably not be possible.
Partial transcript as follows:
TAPPER: Now, you have already encouraged Americans to consider canceling any Thanksgiving plans that involve visiting with somebody else or having visitors come.
I know a lot of Americans are looking ahead, hoping to make plans for other holidays, such as Christmas. But when do you think Americans will next be able to safely gather together for family events like this?
Are you suggesting it probably won’t be able to happen until, I don’t know, Labor Day 2021, Thanksgiving