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Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Image Credit: Bloomberg

New York: Top US infectious disease official Anthony Fauci said on Tuesday it is "conceivable" the spread of COVID-19 could decline to the point that the country experiences it as endemic rather than a pandemic next year.

"To me if you want to get endemic, you have got to get the level of infection so low that it does not have an impact on society, on your life, on your economy," Fauci said in an interview during the Reuters Total Health conference, which runs virtually from November 15-18.