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White House medical adviser Anthony FauciAnthony FauciSunday shows preview: New COVID-19 variant emerges; supply chain issues and inflation persist NY governor declares state of emergency to prepare for omicron US to restrict travel from eight African nations over new COVID-19 concerns MORE said he would certainly not give the United States an "A" for its public health response to the pandemic, saying it would only deserve a B or even a C grade.

The government's foremost expert on infectious diseases did say, however, that the nation's scientific response, which led to life-saving vaccines by the end of 2020, deserved an A+. 

"I grade scientific, A+. I grade public health. C, B+, B-, C somewhere between B and C. It certainly is not A," Fauci said in response to a question from CBS "Face the Nation" host Margaret Brennan during an in-depth interview. 

The interview took place as the United States and the globe at large are increasingly worried about a new variant of the coronavirus. The variant has led to new travel bans, and triggered a stock selloff on Friday.

Fauci acknowledged that there were more actions that government agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) need to do to help in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Brennan noted that the CDC does not appear to be tracking breakthrough cases.

"We need to do a lot of things and the things that we certainly need to do, and we've been discussing this as recently as yesterday, that we really need to find out when you do boost an individual, how long does that immunity last, both from a laboratory standpoint and from a protection standpoint?" Fauci said.

"So the one thing we want to make sure, now that we're getting full blown into the booster phase, we've got to make sure we know what that means from a clinical standpoint," he added.

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FIFA World Cup Qualifying CONCACAF: Watch United States vs. El Salvador

The USMNT will hope to take one step closer to Qatar with a win over El Salvador on Thursday night in Columbus. 

Over the next 10 days, there’s plenty of pressure on the USMNT to record some strong results in CONCACAF qualifiers. Things will start on Thursday night with the red, white and blue hosting lowly El Salvador.

As things stand, the USMNT is in second place of the table behind first-place Canada. Mexico is right behind the USMNT, though, in third place. The top three teams will advance to the World Cup, while the country that finishes in fourth can still make it through via an international playoff. For the USMNT they simply have to get the job done on Thursday. Will Christian Pulisic, Matt Turner and Co. power the home team over El Salvador?

How to watch USMNT vs. El Salvador

United States vs. El Salvador will kickoff at 7:00 p.m. ET on Thursday night from Columbus, Ohio. The match will be televised nationally on ESPN2, while folks can catch a live stream of the action via fubo.TV.

Following this showdown with El Salvador, the USA will then take on Canada in a monster showdown on Sunday. Then next Wednesday, the USA will host Honduras over in St. Paul, Minn. While it’s unlikely the U.S. can officially qualify for Qatar by next week, they could do so if they win all three matches, plus either Mexico or Panama lose all of their showdowns too.

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