Fauci Says Don’t Blame Him for COVID-19 Lockdowns, School Closures

Dr. Anthony Fauci has insisted that he is not to blame for millions of Americans having to go into lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, but acknowledged that something “went wrong” with the government’s response to the pandemic.

Fauci made the comments in an interview with The New York Times Magazine on April 25 when questioned about the federal government’s “heavy-handed” approach to various health policies implemented throughout the pandemic, and whether were guided by public health concerns or economic, political, and social realities.

“I certainly think things could have been done differently-and better-on both sides,” Fauci said. “I mean, anybody who thinks that what we or anybody else did was perfect is not looking at reality. Nothing was done perfectly. But what I can say is that, at least to my perception-the emphasis strictly on the science and public health-that is what public-health people should do. I’m not an economist.”

Fauci, who headed the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases until late 2022, went on to state that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is “not an economic organization” and the surgeon general is “not an economist” and so officials looked at ways to respond to the pandemic from a “purely public-health standpoint.” Read more…

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