However, Fauci avoided further questions about the political clashes within the government, including repeated attacks by the White House’s trade advisor Peter Navarro on his file.
“Talking about it … is a distraction,” said Fauci. “I don’t want to waste time arguing with things that are not scientific. So I want to focus like a laser beam on what I have to do. “
Fauci also fired one recently Vanity Fair report This indicated that the Trump administration may have abandoned a national coronavirus test plan this spring, as the most affected countries were led by Democrats.
“I’ve never heard anything like it. I’ve never heard that before, ”said Fauci. “And I was there at every task force meeting, I never missed a single one.” The White House has rejected the report separately.
In the meantime, Fauci admitted that days of delay in returning the coronavirus test results affect the ability to determine who is infected. Health experts have said that the recent delays – sometimes a week or more – have largely rendered the tests unusable.
“It’s not okay. Period,” said Fauci. “And we have to do better. And I wish we had done better.”
Have health professionals asked the administration to do a series of simple and quick tests – although the tests would probably be less accurate – and Fauci said they would come “absolutely”.
“We are hoping to get many, many million more tests that can be done within the next month or so quickly,” said Fauci, adding that he could not “guarantee” this because the testing is outside of him Area of responsibility.
Fauci also referred to the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed vaccine initiative, saying he remains confident that the mammoth effort will pay off in the coming months with billions of doses of vaccines. The 79-year-old health professional admitted that he also wants to be vaccinated but doesn’t want to jump over the line.
“If the vaccine becomes available after a placebo-controlled randomized trial involving 30,000 or more people – and it has been shown to be safe and effective – I would receive it at any time within the timeframe of those who prioritize it on an ethical basis,” said Fauci . “In other words, there may be people who need it more than I do, and I would prefer when they get it when they need it.”
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In the meantime, Fauci largely dismissed the growing conspiracies and misinformation about his role, saying that he had worked to ignore it. While most of these claims have been disseminated online, they have increasingly jumped into the conservative mainstream. Sinclair broadcasting last week Plans to broadcast a segment with discredited allegations that Fauci had played a role in triggering the pandemic have been put on hold.
“I don’t know what you want to call it, the dark web or … I don’t know what it’s called,” said Fauci. “I think these people will be against me no matter what.”
“There is one thing about this nonsense that I object to and that is the impact it has on my family,” added the doctor. “Because when you get death threats that you need security protection for all the time, and when they start bothering your kids on the phone and at work and disturbing their lives, it annoys me. I have to say.”
Fauci also gave advice on an increasingly common social scenario: How should Americans who are concerned about the corona virus behave when they meet people who are in violation of the guidelines when wearing masks?
“They appeal to the better angels in people to explain why it is important to do that,” said Fauci. “You don’t say,” You stupid idiot, why don’t you have a mask on? “Because that will only push them away.”