The White House COVID-19 Response Team is set to update the public and the press on Wednesday at. 11 ET.
On Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci ABC this week that he expects most states to have reached their peak with omicron in mid-February, saying he is “as sure as you can be” that most states will have returned with their peak to the time, and that cases and hospitalizations will begin to decline by that time.
Fauci is reportedly expected to discuss efforts at the National Institutes of Health to pursue a universal coronavirus vaccine. As CNN reported, audio from pre-recorded comments airing later on Wednesday at 7 p.m. 14 ET on SiriusXM’s that Fauci will bring the topic up at today’s COVID-19 briefing in the White House at. 11 ET.
CNN quoted the recorded audio: “It will not be trying to get a vaccine against all coronaviruses at once, but start with a vaccine that covers all the different variants of SARS-CoV-2. And then get a pan-sarbecovirus , which includes SARS-CoV-1 and SARS-CoV-2 … a lot of activity going on in that regard, ”Fauci said.
In mid-December, the NIH released a press release calling for the hunt for a universal coronavirus vaccine, writing that the organization believes that new coronaviruses will “continue to infect bats and other animal reservoirs and potentially appear to constitute a pandemic threat to humans. ”
The NIH set three key objectives that it hopes the medical research community will focus on in its efforts to control this.
The first would be to “characterize the range of coronavirus genetic diversity in several animal species.” The second would be to “better understand the pathogenesis of coronavirus diseases in laboratory animal models and humans.” The third would be to “apply this knowledge to the development of long-lasting, broad-spectrum coronavirus vaccines.”