America’s leading physician and immunologist Dr Anthony Fauci says Australia and the rest of the world will win the fight against COVID-19.
Dr Fauci appears in his first Australian interview on 60 Minutes on Sunday sharing his message of hope as the world battles against the deadly disease.
‘We’re going to get out of this. We’re going to end this guaranteed,’ Dr Fauci tells reporter Tara Brown in a preview.
‘It’s gonna end in Australia. It’s gonna end all over the world. Because we have the capability of doing it, and it’s up to us.’
He said COVID-19 has ‘completely dominated my entire existence over the last eight months’ and that he wasn’t taking this matter lightly.
‘The science, the facts and the evidence speak for themselves.’
Dr Fauci explained that once a vaccine has been created, the situation would be under control.
‘You’ve got to think of the vaccine as a tool to be able to get the pandemic to no longer be a pandemic, but to be something that’s well controlled,’ he said during a Q&A with the Brown University School of Public Health earlier this month.
Remaining realistic during unknown circumstances, Dr Fauci said it will be at least four months until scientists know if they have an effective vaccine.
His message of hope comes after more than 23million people contracted COVID-19. A total of 804,028 deaths from the virus have now occurred worldwide.
In the United States, more than five million people have tested positive for COVID-19 with 179,248 deaths.
Australia recorded a further 200 COVID-19 cases on Saturday with 182 of them in Victoria. The state also recorded 13 deaths.
Both New South Wales and Queensland recorded nine cases as they fight to keep the virus under control.
Victoria is currently the worst hit state in Australia as they battle to contain a second wave of the coronavirus.
Melbourne is currently in a state of disaster after Premier Daniel Andrews enforced strict Stage 4 restrictions on August 2 to bring down cases of COVID-19 which were spiralling out of control.
Melburnians are banned from leaving their homes between 8pm and 5am unless for work or care-related reasons and are required to wear face masks unless they are exempt on medical or professional grounds.
Greater Victoria is under Stage 3 restrictions and people are only allowed to leave their homes for the four permitted reasons including work, essential shopping, medical attention and exercise.