The White House has addressed Dr. Anthony Fauci’s assessment that the United States is currently “out of the pandemic phase.” According to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, the pandemic “isn’t over,” despite more manageable COVID-19 cases, hospitalization, and death rates. “What Dr. Fauci was saying is that we are in a different phase of this pandemic, and that’s absolutely true,” she told reporters Wednesday. [tweet_embed] April 29, 2022[/tweet_embed] Psaki cited the White House’s new COVID-19 task force coordinator, Dr. Ashish Jha, over President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser. In his briefing debut this week, Jha referred to the BA.2 Omicron subvariant’s transmissibility and reiterated how the public has the means to slow the spread of the virus, including vaccinations and boosters. Psaki also remarked on Fauci admitting he is skipping this weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner because of Coronavirus concerns. “As you all know, he can speak for himself and his decisions,” she said. Biden has opted to attend the event with certain precautions, Psaki stated. [tweet_embed] April 29, 2022[/tweet_embed] Fauci said that while the Coronavirus is still around, and risk, it is not a pandemic-level risk. The White House adviser’s remarks came during a notable surge of COVID-19 among politicians. Fauci told PBS Tuesday that “we are certainly, right now, in this country, out of the pandemic phase.” But he clarified to CNN a day later that “we’re not over the pandemic.” “Don’t let anybody get the misinterpretation that the pandemic is over, but what we are in is a different phase of the pandemic,” he said. “A phase that’s a transition phase, hopefully, headed toward more of a control where you can actually get back to some form of normality without total disruption of society, economically, socially, school-wise, etc.” [tweet_embed] April 29, 2022[/tweet_embed] Fauci emphasized that medical professionals cannot “eradicate” COVID-19 but said he expects to vaccinate people intermittently to keep case counts down. That vaccination might be “every year, that might be longer, in order to keep that level low,” Fauci said. “But right now, we are not in the pandemic phase in this country. Pandemic means a widespread, throughout the world, infection that spreads rapidly among people.” [tweet_embed] April 29, 2022[/tweet_embed] Several members of Washington have caught the Coronavirus in April. An estimated 72 cases of COVID-19 have been connected to the Gridiron Dinner, a social event in which hundreds of journalists and lawmakers gathered on April 2.