During an interview with Reuters, Dr. Anthony Fauci contradicted Trump’s claims that the virus will eventually “go away,” explaining that he believes the coronvirus may never be eradicated, according to MSN.

“I don’t think we’re going to eradicate this from the planet … because it’s such a highly transmissible virus that that seems unlikely,” Fauci said in an interview with Reuters.

“But what I think we can do with a combination of a good vaccine and attention to public health measures – and by attention I don’t mean shut down, I mean things that are just prudent – then I think we can get behind this.”

“We may need to go through a season of it, and then by the next season if we have a vaccine it won’t be a pandemic, it won’t be immobilizing the world, it won’t be destroying the economy,” he said.

“I don’t know. I hope and feel it’s possible that by the time we get through 2021 and go around for another cycle that we’ll have this under control,” he added.

“It will go away like things go away and my view is that schools should be open,” he said, referring to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Trump, however, has repeatedly insisted that the virus will “just disappear” at some point whether or not an effective vaccine is distributed.

Cases across the U.S. have gradually begun falling over the past two weeks after states like Florida, Texas and Arizona experienced heavy outbreaks over the summer.

However, there is still a dangerously high plateau that signifies the country is still struggling to get the pandemic under control.

More than 52,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the U.S. on Wednesday, according to a database from Johns Hopkins University.