When will the COVID-19 pandemic be over? According to Vice President Mike Pence, who heads the White House Coronavirus Task Force, it could be as soon as early June.
Pence, being interviewed on Rush Limbaugh’s radio program, made the surprising prediction, and said, “I truly do believe … that if current trend lines hold, that by early June, we could largely have this Coronavirus epidemic behind us, and begin to see our nation open back up and go back to work,” Mediaite reports.
He noted that his prediction depends on Americans continuing their social distancing practices and, moreover, relies on the development of immunity.
“There is a high likelihood that if you’ve had this coronavirus in the past, that you will enjoy some immunity from it in the future,” Pence said. “It’s among the reasons why our nation, should the coronavirus reemerge at any time in the future … our nation will be in a much better place.”
He added, “If some of those early studies hold out, there will be an awful lot of Americans in the fall and in the winter of next year that actually enjoy a degree of immunity from the coronavirus. That will …. be a bulwark against this.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has predicted that it would take 12-18 months for a Coronavirus vaccine to become available.
However, Pence seems confident, and told Limbaugh, “I want your listeners to know that everything we are looking at, every single day, is a tribute to what they have done. We urge them to continue to do it. We urge them to continue to practice that social distancing, to continue to use the drive-thru at your local restaurant. Avoid gatherings of more than 10. Listen to your state and local authorities.
“Because as we track this data, state by state, county by county, we’re getting there.”
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