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Fauci says masks and social distancing still necessary even after COVID-19 vaccine; talks about Christmas gatherings

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Dr. Fauci does not sound hopeful

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Dr. Anthony Fauci said that it will still be very necessary to wear face masks and to practice social distancing even after a coronavirus vaccine becomes available and a person has been vaccinated.

During a Sunday appearance on CNN's "State of the Union," Fauci told CNN anchor Jake Tapper, "I would recommend to people to not to abandon all public health measures just because you've been vaccinated. because even though, for the general population, it might be 90 to 95 percent effective, you don't necessarily know, for you, how effective it is."

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