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Dr. Fauci Warns Against Early Reopenings: ‘Don't Spike the Ball on the 5-Yard Line’

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Dr. Anthony Fauci used a sports metaphor to express concern on Sunday morning that some states are rushing to end mask mandates and other coronavirus restrictions as cases around the country have plateaued, likening the early reopenings to spiking the “ball on the five-yard line.”

Making the rounds on the Sunday news talk shows, President Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor first told Meet the Press anchor Chuck Todd that Biden’s declaration that every American should be eligible to get vaccinated by May 1 is an “achievable” goal.

“What the president has done is he’s done a number of things, but two major things is he’s gotten us a much larger supply of vaccine,” Fauci said. “He negotiated with Moderna and Pfizer to get an additional 100 million doses each from the companies. We had a contract with J&J to have 100 million doses. We’ve negotiated yet again another contract for an additional 100 million doses. That’s the supply.”

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