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Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in a CBS interview Sunday that he has no plans to step down.
The comments came as Fauci is approaching his 81st birthday.
The other question this debate hangs on: How few is too few births?
Children ages 5 to 11 are driving new vaccinations. But just 44,000 kids got their first dose in their first full week of eligibility.
The pandemic is receding in Southern states but rising in the Mountain West and northern states.

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  1. A health worker inoculates police personnel with the COVID-19 vaccine at a civil hospital in Ahmedabad, India, on Jan. 31. The new omicron variant of the coronavirus has renewed calls for more people to be vaccinated around the world.
  2. President Joe Biden talks about the newly approved COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 from the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington on Nov. 3.
  3. COVID-19 booster shots are now available to people age 18 and above.
  4. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks during a press conference in London on Saturday, after cases of the new COVID-19 variant were confirmed in the UK.
  5. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar before receiving his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the National Institutes of Health on Dec. 22, 2020 in Bethesda, Md.
  6. A Connecticut school district is turning to a limousine service company to help transport students to school because of a bus driver shortage that's been exacerbated by the pandemic.
  7. A sign reads 'Stay safe' on Friday on Regent Street in London. A slew of nations moved to stop air travel from southern Africa on Friday, and stocks plunged in Asia and Europe in reaction to news of a new, potentially more transmissible COVID-19 variant.
  8. People line up to get on the Air France flight to Paris at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday Nov. 26, 2021. A slew of nations moved to stop air travel from southern Africa on Friday in reaction to news of a new, potentially more transmissible COVID-19 variant that has been detected in South Africa. Scientists say it is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country's most populous province. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
  9. Specialist Meric Greenbaum works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday. Stocks are closing sharply lower on Wall Street Friday, after a coronavirus variant from South Africa appeared to be spreading across the globe and the European Union proposed suspending air travel from southern Africa.
  10. Yolanda Urso, 54, receives a booster shot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Nov. 10 in Palm Harbor.
  11. People wait to get vaccinated Friday at a shopping mall in Johannesburg, South Africa. Advisers to the World Health Organization are holding a special session Friday to flesh out information about a worrying new variant of the coronavirus that has emerged in South Africa.
  12. The United Kingdom has approved molnupiravir, an antiviral pill, to treat COVID-19 infections. Public health authorities in the United States are considering approving the drug, too.
  13. Cynthia St. Lawrence holds her calico cat, Callie, last week at her home in Clearwater. St. Lawrence is 72 and has a robust group of friends. But she lives alone in a 55+ community, and wishes there were more opportunities for senior cohousing in the area.
  14. A baby cries as her mother receives her Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19, in Diepsloot Township near Johannesburg on Oct. 21.
  15. As families convene for the holidays, we expect a lot of unfamiliar words and ideas are going to be passed around the table, along with stuffing and rolls.
  16. Dr. Scott Rivkees, speaking during a COVID-19 news conference as Florida attorney general, is leaving the University of Florida for Brown University.
  17. Gary Murphy, 60, and his wife, Sonja Serini, 64, at their Largo home on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. Serini was diagnosed with progressive supranuclear palsy four years ago, which has impaired her movement and speech.
  18. Portrait of Pat and Chuck Vosburgh, who will be scaling down their usual Thanksgiving group to a lesser number due to a medical decision not to get a vaccine booster, at their home, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  19. On Thursday, state Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo signed an emergency rule outlining a number of exemptions an employee can claim to avoid a workplace vaccine mandate.
  20. Patricia Wasseman, holds Hermina Levin's hands as nurse Eva Diaz administers the Pfizer vaccine at a Pompano Beach nursing facility last December. A new federal rule requires workers at nursing homes and other health care providers that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs to receive at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine by Dec. 6 and be fully vaccinated by Jan. 4.
  21. A facility for CASA, Community Action Stops Abuse, in St. Petersburg.
  22. From left, State Attorney General Ashley Moody, House Speaker Chris Sprowls and Senate President Wilton Simpson stand behind Gov. Ron DeSantis at a news conference last week. DeSantis said Monday he is asking the Legislature to temporarily lower the state gas tax.
  23. Florida's weekly coronavirus numbers.
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