- New guidance from the CDC is coming for vaccinated people, said Dr. Anthony Fauci Tuesday.
- He told CNN he thought the agency would soon “relax the recommendations.”
- Fauci, who does not run the CDC, said he would be “comfortable” letting vaccinated households interfere.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN that new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for those who have been vaccinated should be expected “pretty soon.”
The White House Chief Medical Officer said Tuesday that he would expect less stringent guidance soon given the progress of the U.S. vaccination program.
This update is intended to “alleviate the recommendations more severely”
Fauci is not responsible for the CDC, but has long been at the heart of the federal response to the pandemic.
It is unclear what the timeline may be for new rules.
The clue about the upcoming guide came Tuesday in Fauci’s appearance on CNN’s “New Day.”
Asked by host Alisyn Camerota whether fully vaccinated people should be able to get along with their families indoors, Fauci said he would personally be familiar with the idea.
Fauci has had many discussions about this, some of which “were not very pleasant,” he said.
He said his attitude was: “If I’m fully vaccinated and my daughter comes into the house and she’s fully vaccinated, we really need to have the strict public health measure that we would if it were a stranger who was not vaccinated ? “
Fauci said it was “common sense” that “you do not have to be so strict in your public health measures” when vaccines are part of the picture.
But the CDC will “sit down, talk about it, look at the data and then make a recommendation based on science,” Fauci said according to CNN.
On Monday, Fauci said fully vaccinated people should not eat indoors or go to the theater yet.
The same day, New York Gov. Andy Cuomo said state theaters would open in March. Fauci said a better strategy would be to wait until the fall when more people are vaccinated.
The CDC has already begun easing some rules for people who are fully vaccinated. On February 11, the agency said fully vaccinated people did not need to follow the quarantine rules.