Dr. Anthony Fauci described the COVID 19 pandemic on Monday as the “mother of all outbreaks” and “not even close to being over”. His comments coincided with a White House press release issued the day after, which cited “ending the COVID 19 pandemic” as one of the achievements of the Trump administration during its first term.
Fauci, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force and longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke on Monday in a discussion with the Yale Institute for Global Health. A video of the event was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday.
“Unfortunately, we are in the midst of what I believe will be called historically the mother of all outbreaks in the last hundred years. And we are not even close to being able to cope with it,” he said.
Fauci said he hoped that the United States could use the summer months to “get the eruption under control” before entering the cooler months. The colder the weather gets and the more people are indoors, the better the virus can spread.
“We are not well positioned [on the road to winter],” said Fauci.
On Saturday, 83,871 new coronavirus cases were registered in the United States – the highest number reported in one day since the pandemic began, according to Johns Hopkins University. On that day, 914 people died, up from the current record of 1,214 in October.
Fauci said that as 30 or more states report an increase in cases, the number of new daily cases in the future “will be even higher than it is now.
Fauci’s remarks contradicted a press release by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy that listed “ending the COVID 19 pandemic” as one of the achievements of the Trump administration, several news agencies reported.
The White House claimed victory for “ending the pandemic,” which is blatantly untrue.
Also for the “understanding of our planet”. What does that even mean? pic.twitter.com/L7wYXXvJm7
– Jenna McLaughlin (@JennaMC_Laugh) October 27, 2020
It read: “Since the beginning of the COVID 19 pandemic, the government has taken decisive steps to encourage scientists and health professionals in academia, industry and government to understand, treat and defeat the disease.
The claim raised eyebrows when Democratic Congresswoman Val Demings tweeted: “Today the White House sent out a press release about their ‘achievements’. Among other things it said: The end of the COVID 19 pandemic’. Saturday was the new daily record for confirmed infections'”.
Today, the White House issued a press release about their ‘achievements’. Among other things, it said: “Ending the COVID 19 pandemic”.
Saturday was the new daily record for confirmed infections.
– Rep. Val Demings (@RepValDemings) October 27, 2020
Brian Klaas, Associate Professor of World Politics at UCL in the UK, tweeted: “Things you cannot make up for: The White House issued a press release naming the ‘end of the pandemic’ as one of the greatest achievements of Trump’s first term.
“The USA is currently reaching record levels of cases. About 700 to 1,100 Americans die every day”.
Things that cannot be made good: The White House issued a press release in which it called “ending the pandemic” one of the greatest achievements of Trump’s first term.
The USA is currently reaching record levels of cases. About 700 to 1,100 Americans die every day.
– Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) October 27, 2020
Tekk.tv has asked the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy for comments.