There's a lot more nuance in that article than the headline would indicate.Fauci disagrees. He seems to be discussing it.
The comments from President Biden’s chief medical adviser came just two days after the C.D.C. belatedly highlighted the danger of airborne transmission.www.nytimes.com
Dr. Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical adviser for the pandemic, said that as vaccinations climb, “we do need to start being more liberal” in terms of rules for wearing masks indoors, though he noted that the nation was still averaging about 43,000 cases of the virus daily. “We’ve got to get it much, much lower than that,” he said.
Dr. Fauci’s comments on Sunday came in response to a question about comments that Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former head of the Food and Drug Administration, made last week on CNBC. Dr. Gottlieb said that relaxing indoor mask mandates now — “especially if you’re in environments where you know you have a high level of vaccination” — would give public health officials “the credibility to implement them” again in the fall or winter if cases surge.
Dr. Fauci, asked by George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s Sunday program “This Week” whether he agreed, said: “I think so, and I think you’re going to probably be seeing that as we go along, and as more people get vaccinated.”
“The C.D.C. will be, almost in real time, George, updating their recommendations and their guidelines,” Dr. Fauci continued. “But yes, we do need to start being more liberal as we get more people vaccinated.”
There's policy comments from Jeffrey Zients later in the article then too. Which lines up with my belief that the policy team should be setting goals not the science team. The science team should be telling us how we get to whatever those policy goals are.
Combined, the comments seem to indicate, that yes we should be removing different mitigation efforts over time, it's not an all at once at the end, and that we're not quite at the level we should be at yet. I don't think this is a surprise to anyone. I also don't think these comments reflect a headline of "drop them all now, we're done with mitigations" that some would like them to mean. A headline like that get's way more clicks though.