The ongoing coronavirus pandemic could derail Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, according to CNN’s Jake Tapper and the country’s leading infectious disease specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Despite the recent announcement of two different coronavirus vaccines, the health expert said the rising number of cases and subsequent deaths will require “fundamental public health measures” this holiday season.
“We can’t abandon fundamental public health measures,” Fauci said via the Federalist. “You can approach a degree of normality while still doing some fundamental public health things that synergize with the vaccine to get us back to normal.”
Tapper pointed out that current timetables for how quickly the vaccine can be distributed to the American public would be late winter or early spring of next year, thus continuing lockdown measures through Christmas this year.
“So not until the second or third quarter of 2021 though,” Tapper said per the report. “Christmas is probably not going to be possible.”
Fauci answered: “It’s going to be a gradual accrual of more normality as the weeks and the months go by as we get well into 2021.”
CNN's Jake Tapper this morning: "Christmas is probably not gonna be possible." pic.twitter.com/z56ifNCr3G
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) November 15, 2020
The Federalist reports, however, while Americans are having to forego their holiday traditions, political elites are maintaining their own celebrations:
As COVID-19 cases in the United States have begun to rise again, politicians and bureaucrats such as Gov. Gavin Newsom of California have implemented new regulations limiting how many people can gather together in homes for holiday celebrations. These regulations also include a ban on indoor gatherings.
Despite the Democrats’ urging to keep holiday gatherings to just the people who live in a house together already, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats in Congress scheduled big dinners on Capitol Hill to welcome new members just weeks before Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Check it out:
Yeah, the "don't have Thanksgiving" rhetoric is running into the brick wall of "but the elites can do whatever the hell they want" https://t.co/kp6wnAKoTH
— PoliMath (@politicalmath) November 13, 2020