Fauci Responds to ‘Fake’ Anti-Science Attacks: ‘It’s All Nonsense’
Dr. Antony Fauci has slammed the right-wing media and conspiracy theorists for their criticism of his management of the COVID-19 outbreak, calling it a “attack on science.”
During the whole pandemic, and especially during Donald Trump’s presidency, Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been a target of conservatives.
Following the publication of thousands of his emails as part of a Freedom of Information Act request by a number of media organisations, he is once again being attacked.
The possibility that COVID-19 was manufactured at a lab in Wuhan, China, has been highlighted, with many conspiracy theorists saying it was invented to be used as a biological weapon against the rest of the globe.
Fauci has long suspected that the virus was passed from animal to human, but he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a lab spill.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow pointed out on Friday night that this isn’t the first time Fauci has been criticized in his long career. During the 1980s Aids crisis, he had effigies burning of him and individuals threatening him to his face.
Maddow questioned Fauci if he was concerned about the “re-upping of attacks” on him as a result of the publishing of his emails during the conversation.
“Well, I’m more concerned about it because it’s essentially an attack on science,” Fauci explained.
“The growing extraordinarily productive relationship that I had with the activists [in the 1980s], when they came to me with legitimate concerns that the federal government, the scientists, the regulatory enterprise, didn’t fully appreciate that you needed to involve them in everything you did, because their lives were on the line,” Fauci said.
“As a result, I reached out to them.” And it turned out to be a really fruitful partnership.
“An anti-science mindset runs through everything that’s going on right now. So there’s a tremendous gap there,” he remarked. “Because I’m a public person, I’ll take the arrows and swings.” They are, however, all made up.
“My job was to develop a vaccine with the help of my Institute and the great scientists we have on staff…
And we were successful. That is exactly what I do. This is a condensed version of the information.