"If we're going to see a problem this winter, it's going to be among those people," he said, reiterating a sentiment that has been prevalent throughout the government.
Fauci spoke about the "facts, evidence, and data," where he said the question of whether or not vaccines are safe should be "off the table." Fauci said the data shows that the vaccines are effective in preventing severe illness and deaths.
He also reiterated "the importance of getting an updated booster vaccine" as the country heads into the holidays.
"As good as the vaccine is and as good as post-infection protection is, the immunity in protection wanes over time," he noted.
Fauci said that there are "multiple interventions and multiple actions that we can take to protect ourselves," including masking, though he noted that he isn't talking about mandates, but rather that individuals should evaluate their own risk and their family members.
Fauci also said that everyone should be vaccinated by this point, and promoted testing as a tool before meeting with family members.
He also predicted that the country would likely see a continued lowering of cases and deaths as time goes on, but said that this could happen sooner with boosters. "We're gonna get there with less suffering," he said.
Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre introduced Fauci at his final press conference, and even brought the doctor Thanksgiving cookies, saying that Fauci "has always led with the science, and our country is stronger and healthier because of his leadership."
This is a breaking story and will be updated.
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