Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted he may not be well-liked for his handling of the coronavirus and claimed that he has been subjected to a “phenomenal amount of hostility.”
“I mean, I've been the object myself of a phenomenal amount of hostility merely because I'm promoting what are really fundamental, simple public health principles,” Biden’s White House chief medical adviser told Chelsea Clinton during a segment on her podcast, In Fact with Chelsea Clinton. “That seems astounding that that would generate a considerable degree of hostility, but it is, it is.”
Clinton pitched a question on how trust and confidence in the scientific community can be restored after the coronavirus pandemic — which saw Fauci flip-flop on the science behind wearing face masks and rebuke the lab leak theory of the coronavirus’s origins.
“That is not gonna to happen easily, Chelsea. I think that we may have to find ways and that's a complicated issue, as you well know, probably better than I do. It's a complicated issue of how you heal the differences and the hostility,” he said. “That seems astounding that that would generate a considerable degree of hostility, but it is, it is.”
Fauci, who led the U.S. response to the coronavirus under both the Trump and Biden administrations, said he did not have an answer, but he did say pointing fingers at one another wouldn't help build trust.
“I don't know the answer to your question,” he admitted. “It's a seemingly simple question, but a complicated answer.”
The chief medical adviser ultimately said people should continue to trust him and follow the guidance of the scientific community “for their own safety.”
“We've got to reach out to people and get them to understand that this is for their own safety, their own health, and also what I refer to as communal responsibility, your responsibility to society,” he said.
Fauci then pivoted to a final instruction for people.
“There is a thing called the chain of transmission of an outbreak,” he explained, encouraging people to do their best to be a “dead-end” for the coronavirus, so it does not get passed along to others.
“I never thought I would say I wanted to be a dead end. But yes, here I am, like very happy to be fully vaccinated and a dead end,” Clinton affirmed.
Fauci has been repeatedly criticized by Republican lawmakers, especially Sen. Rand Paul, who claim to be vindicated in their remarks after thousands of Fauci’s emails were released via Freedom of Information Act requests.
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