Dr. Kavita Patel predicted that July Fourth will mark "a turning point or inflection" in the fight against Covid for the United States.

"If we can achieve that herd immunity ... we're going to be able to suppress the activity of this virus to the levels that we see with influenza virus," Patel told CNBC's "The News with Shepard Smith" on Thursday evening. "Going from a pandemic and kind of a worldwide emergency, to an endemic where it's just a regular part of what we deal with, is something that we can fully expect," the former Obama administration policy aide added.

While her prediction was in line with President Biden's goal of getting the nation to some semblance of normalcy by Independence Day, she noted that regular boosters or Covid vaccines will likely be necessary moving forward, especially as transmissible variants spread.

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