From nearly the beginning of the Trump administration’s actions in combatting the COVID-19 outbreak, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, led President Donald Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force.
Dr. Fauci is now President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser on COVID-19. On Monday he told NPR that if enough Americans get vaccinated, the country could “really get some good control over this” by fall or winter 2022.
Unfortunately, the now 80-year-old immunologist has a long history of flip-flopping on masks, infection numbers, lockdown periods, and the expectations for those who took one of the vaccines.
With this in mind, most experts with Fauci’s influence should take extra care to not “misspeak” / lie to the American population, especially during a pandemic. Unfortunately, Anthony Fauci just isn’t one of them.
Dr. Anthony Fauci once again errored after predicting that the COVID-19 pandemic would not be under control for more than a year and maybe longer.
Later the same day, this time on CNN, Fauci said it won’t take that long.
This time he uttered the juvenile expression, “My bad.”
“Anderson, I have to apologize. When I listened to the tape, I meant to say the spring of 2022, so I did misspeak,” he said. “I didn’t mean the fall — I misspoke. My bad.”
"It's up to us," Dr. Anthony Fauci says about the effort to control Covid-19.
"If we keep lingering without getting those people vaccinated that should be vaccinated, this thing could linger on, leading to the development of another variant which could complicate things." pic.twitter.com/gcQhQvdlpg
— CNN (@CNN) August 24, 2021
All of us at different times misspeak, and if this was a rare occurrence for Fauci, there would not be an issue to write about.
The problem is when Fauci speaks, millions of lives, businesses, and government employees’ lives are affected. Instead of taking responsibility for his multiple errors, he instead makes excoues and blames those who point them out to the public.
For example in June Fauci took aim at critics, saying his evolving positions were “not a change because I felt like flip-flopping. It was a change because the evidence changed, the data changed.”
This past February, Fauci said that wearing two masks is likely more effective than wearing one. “If you have a physical covering with one layer, you put another layer on it, just makes common sense that it likely would be more effective,” Fauci told NBC News.
“When you’re in the middle of an outbreak, wearing a mask might make people feel a little bit better and it might even block a droplet, but it’s not providing the perfect protection that people think that it is,” the doctor said on CBS News.
Back in March 2020, when the World Health Organization (WHO) claimed COVID-19 was spread mostly by surface transmission, Fauci declared, “There’s no reason to be walking around with a mask.”
Fauci said he was right both times. “It isn’t a question of being wrong,” Fauci said. “It’s a question of going with the data as you have, and being humble enough and flexible enough to change with the data.”
A few months later on July 23rd, 2020, Fauci wore his mask on his chin in multiple images from Nationals Park stadium on Thursday after he threw out the opening pitch of the Yankees-Nationals game. The infectious diseases expert, celebrated by President Trump’s critics for his willingness to fault the US pandemic response, was seen sandwiched shoulder-to-shoulder between two other people in the virtually empty stadium.
Fauci had an opportunity to help unite Americans and help us navigate the COVID pandemic.
Instead, his changing directives, confusing medical advice, and public appearances while not wearing a mask or maintaining “social distancing have divided us.
For the sake of all Americans, this would be a great time to retire, Dr. Anothy Fauci.