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Fauci Insists Christmas Comments Were 'Misinterpreted'

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Dr. Anthony Fauci says his comments about whether Americans can gather for Christmas were taken out of context.

During an appearance on CNN on Monday, Fauci said, “I also said something over the weekend that was taken completely out of context. I was asked what we can predict for this winter for like December and Christmas. I said we don’t know because we’ve seen slopes that went down and then came back up. The best way to assure that we’ll be in good shape as we get into the winter would be to get more and more people vaccinated.”

“That was misinterpreted as my saying we can’t spend Christmas with our families, which was absolutely not the case. I will be spending Christmas with my family. I encourage people, particularly the vaccinated people who are protected, to have a good, normal Christmas with your family,” he continued.

Finally, he said, “The way all of the other disinformation goes around, you say something talking about a landmark of a time, and it gets misinterpreted that I’m saying you can’t spend family Christmas time which is nonsense. You can.”

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On Sunday, the infectious disease expert was asked during an appearance on CBS’ “Face The Nation” if it is “too soon” to say if Americans can gather for Christmas.

“It’s just too soon to tell,” Fauci responded. “We’ve just got to concentrate on continuing to get those numbers down and not try to jump ahead by weeks or months and say what we’re going to do at a particular time. Let’s focus like a laser on continuing to get those cases down.”

He added, “And we can do it by people getting vaccinated and also in the situation where boosters are appropriate to get people boosted because we know that they can help greatly in diminishing infection and diminishing advanced disease, the kinds of data that are now accumulating in real time.”

Conservatives accused Fauci of trying to “cancel Christmas.”

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