"Make the choice and keep yourself and your family healthy so that you'll have many more Christmases ahead of you," Dr. Fauci said.

By Eric Todisco
December 17, 2020
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成人小视频app is keeping his Christmas gathering small this year due to the ongoing , and he's urging other Americans to do the same.

Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease specialist, said in a with The Washington Post's "Power Up" newsletter that he and his wife, Christine Grady, are not seeing their three adult daughters — Megan, Alison and Jennifer — on Christmas for the first time since their births.

“I'm going to be with my wife — period,成人小视频app Fauci, 79, said. “The Christmas holiday is a special holiday for us because Christmas Eve is my birthday. And Christmas Day is Christmas Day. And they are not going to come home … That's painful. We don't like that. But that's just one of the things you're going to have to accept as we go through this unprecedented challenging time.”

成人小视频appWith the U.S. experiencing and hospitalizations, Fauci pleaded for Americans to take the necessary precautions during the holidays.

成人小视频app“Stay at home as much as you can, keep your interactions to the extent possible to members of the same household," he said. "This cannot be business as usual this Christmas because we're already in a very difficult situation, and we're going to make it worse, if we don't do something about it."

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Although the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is an "unusual situation," Fauci went on to note that "it's not going to last forever."

"It is highly likely that with , that we will be back to normal by next Christmas," he said. "So make the choice and keep yourself and your family healthy so that you'll have many more Christmases ahead of you."

On Monday, the first Americans were after the by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last Friday.

The first vaccine went to one of the people with the highest need: in New York City, one of the hospitals that was hit the hardest by COVID-19 at the start of the pandemic. Over time, millions more will receive Pfizer's vaccine.

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成人小视频appPrior to the vaccine's FDA approval, Fauci said that the majority of Americans who wish to get vaccinated should be able to .

"By the time we get to April, we would likely have taken care of all the high priority and then the general population — the normal, healthy young man or woman, 30 years old that has no underlying conditions — can walk into a CVS or to a Walgreens and get vaccinated," he told Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in an on Nov. 30.

成人小视频appFauci added, "I would think as we get to April and May that we likely would have, for those who want to get vaccinated, the ."

In the U.S alone, there have been more than 17 million cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday, according to data from New York Times.成人小视频app More than 307,000 people have died from the virus.

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