Fauci Says US is Emerging from ‘Full-Blown Pandemic Phase’

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    The Facts

    • NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci has said that COVID restrictions might soon be lifted as the US leaves the "full-blown pandemic phase."

    • He wouldn't give an exact date for ending the mandates, but said safety precautions can now be left to local decision-makers throughout the country.

    The Spin

    Left narrative

    Republicans who have vilified Fauci shouldn't take a victory lap; this is based on the ever-evolving science of the pandemic, and it's thanks to the restrictions Fauci called for in the first place that COVID is now almost under control.

    Right narrative

    It's about time flip-flopping Fauci saw the light, but this has nothing to do with following the science; Democrats are simply reacting to opinion polls ahead of the midterms.

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