Politics Fauci Doesn’t Weigh ‘Whole National Interest,’ Virus Task Force Member Says
GOP Arizona lawmaker says Fauci and Birx 'undermine' Trump's coronavirus response
An Arizona Republican accused Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx, two key members of the White House's coronavirus task force, of "undermining" President Trump's response to the virus during an interview Thursday.In a back-and-forth with Fox News's Neil Cavuto, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) called on Trump to remove the two from the task force, claiming that they were spreading "panic" with warnings about how the coronavirus pandemic could evolve, should Americans not follow public health guidelines."Birx and Fauci, they've gone well past their ... they've expired," Biggs told Cavuto."Their time of usefulness has expired.
(Bloomberg) -- One of President Trump’s coronavirus task force members said Sunday that infectious disease specialist Anthony Fauci doesn’t necessarily “have the whole national interest in mind” in suggesting responses to the pandemic.
Fauci, who’s also on the task force, “looks at it from a very narrow public health point of view,” Admiral Brett Giroir, assistant secretary at the Health and Human Services Department, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “He admits that.”
Fauci warns U.S. is "knee-deep" in coronavirus first wave
Nation's leading infectious disease expert says many places reopened before infection rates were low enoughAnthony Fauci said the number of cases had never reached a satisfactory baseline before the current resurgence, which officials have warned risks overwhelming hospitals in the South and West.
The comments reflected tension in the administration between the goal of tamping down transmission of Covid-19 as much as possible and Trump’s desire to boost the economy, now in recession, before the November election.
Giroir spoke as the U.S. continues to post record daily cases, especially in Sun Belt states. Florida on Sunday reported more than 15,000 new cases, the highest for any state -- including New York when it was the epicenter of the pandemic in the spring.
The Washington Post reported Sunday that Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, has been increasingly sidelined within the administration.
Fauci says partisanship is hurting US response to Covid-19
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said Thursday that partisanship is hurting the US response to Covid-19 in his latest blunt assessment of the country's handling of the pandemic.Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said Thursday that partisanship is hurting the US response to Covid-19 in his latest blunt assessment of the country's handling of the pandemic.
On Fox News on Thursday, Trump said Fauci was “a nice man, but he’s made a lot of mistakes.” In June, the president rapped Fauci on Twitter for commenting on the upcoming NFL season and how the league will cope with coronavirus safety: “Tony Fauci has nothing to do with NFL Football.”
Opinion polls have shown the American public trusts Fauci’s advice, which invariably leans on the side of caution, over Trump’s when it comes to the pandemic.
Giroir said there’s no silencing of Fauci or other members of the White House task force, which is led by Vice President Mike Pence.
“There is complete open, honest discussion within the task force,” he said, adding that the panel meets three or four times a week. “The vice president calls me regularly. Dr. [Deborah] Birx is not one to hold her tongue.”
Separately, on ABC’s “This Week,” Giroir said the U.S. is in a “much better place” than when Covid-19 was sweeping through the Northeast in April.
Fauci on COVID-10 vaccine: 'We have responsibility to the entire planet'
The U.S. government is already working with vaccine manufacturers to make hundreds of millions of doses, the nation's top infectious disease expert said.That responsibility is "not just to the individual country that’s making the vaccine," he said during a virtual presentation at the COVID-19 Conference ahead of the AIDS 2020 Virtual Meeting.
The U.S. has “surge teams” going to virus hot spots and a better supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as new and evolving treatments for the virus, Giroir said. “We are all very concerned about the rise in cases, no doubt about that,” he said.
In both interviews Giroir said “simple things,” including decreasing restaurant capacity, avoiding bars and wearing face masks, could have an outsized impact in reducing transmission of the virus.
“We have to have people wearing a mask in public -- it’s absolutely essential,” said Giroir, whose boss, the president, made ain a mask on Saturday during a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
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Maryland GOP governor: Fauci has 'never let me' down .
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Monday warned against the idea of the White House sidelining Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious diseases expert, saying Fauci had been more responsive to the state's coronavirus needs than President Trump or Vice President Pence.Hogan wrote in a USA Today op-ed that in March, as the Washington D.C./Maryland/Virginia area showed signs of being a hot spot, he was unable to get a call back from the president and vice president, but was able to get in contact with a number of top health officials to get advice.