Fauci says new CDC rules are coming for people who've been fully vaccinated

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Dr. Anthony Fauci speaking with CNN on February 23. CNN
  • New guidance from the CDC is coming for vaccinated people, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday.

  • He told CNN he thought the agency would soon "relax the stringency of the recommendations."

  • Fauci, who doesn't run the CDC, said he would be "comfortable" letting vaccinated households mix.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN that new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for those who have been vaccinated should be expected "pretty soon."

The White House's chief medical advisor said on Tuesday that he would expect less-stringent guidance to come soon given the progress with the US vaccination program.

This update should "relax the stringency of the recommendations," particularly for people in the same family who have been vaccinated.

Fauci is not in charge of the CDC but has long been at the heart of the federal response to the pandemic.

It is unclear what the timeline might be for any new rules.

The clue about forthcoming guidance came on Tuesday in Fauci's appearance on CNN's "New Day."

Asked by the host Alisyn Camerota whether fully vaccinated people should be able to get together with their families indoors, Fauci said he would personally be comfortable with that idea.

Fauci has had a lot of discussions about this, some of which "were not very comfortable," he said.

He said his position was: "If I'm fully vaccinated, and my daughter comes in the house, and she's fully vaccinated, do we really need to have the stringent public-health measure that we would if it was a stranger who was not vaccinated?"

Fauci said it was "common sense" that "you don't have to be as stringent in your public-health measures" once vaccines are part of the picture.

But the CDC wants to "sit down, talk about it, look at the data, and then come out with a recommendation based on the science," Fauci said, according to CNN.

On Monday, Fauci said fully vaccinated people should not dine indoors or go to the theater yet.

On the same day, Gov. Andy Cuomo of New York said theaters in the state would open in March. Fauci said a better strategy would be to wait until fall when more people are vaccinated.

The CDC has already started relaxing some rules for people who are fully vaccinated. On February 11, the agency said fully vaccinated people didn't have to follow quarantine rules.

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