“I wouldn’t want to declare victory [over COVID-19] prematurely, but I’m saying this is clearly a step in the direction that we want to go,” Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN’s Jake Tapper.
At the same time, Fauci acknowledged that people such as store or restaurant owners will have to trust others to unmask responsibly. “They will not be able to know,” he said. “I mean, you’re going to be depending on people being honest enough to say whether they were vaccinated or not.”
Fauci reminded CNN that while there will be no federally mandated vaccine passports, organizations such as colleges and businesses can require COVID-19 vaccination.