The pandemic has killed more than 111,700 people in the United States, and nearly 409,000 worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. Around the globe there have been more than 7 million people infected.
It was “unexpected how rapidly,” it would spread, he said.
“It just took over the planet,” Fauci added, “And it isn’t over yet.”
Fauci also said there is still a lot to learn about the long-term negative effects of Covid-19 infection on patients.
“The thing that we don’t yet fully appreciate is what happens when you get infected and you get serious disease and you recover? What are the long-term durable negative effects of that infection?” Fauci said.
Fauci explained that because there’s still not enough experience with the virus, scientists don’t know what patients who have recovered will be like in six months.
“We don’t know the extent of full recovery or partial recovery, so there’s a lot we need to learn,” he said.
Fauci also spoke about the fight to prevent the disease.
There will be “more than one winner” in the Covid-19 vaccine field, he said.
“We’re going to need vaccines for the entire world — billions and billions of doses,” Fauci said.