Dr. Anthony Stephen Fauci, an American physician and immunologist who has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, was in a no-holds-barred interview with the Washington Post on Sunday.
Fauci, a top government scientist, issued an urgent call for a U.S. policy change on the coronavirus.
He told the Washington Post that the United States is headed for “a whole lot of hurt” unless it makes an “abrupt change” in health practices.
With many Americans ignoring safe practices and many hospitals already under severe strain as wintry weather and the flu season draw near, he warned, “You could not possibly be positioned more poorly.”
“It’s not a good situation,” he said.
The United States, which reported its first known coronavirus case in Washington state 282 days ago, surpassed 9 million total infections.
The virus has claimed more than 230,000 lives in the U.S., which last week suffered record-high numbers of cases — hitting 98,000 on Friday.
Fauci was lambasted by Judd Deere, a White House spokesman, who said,
“It’s unacceptable and breaking with all norms for Dr. Fauci, a senior member of the President’s Coronavirus Taskforce and someone who has praised President Trump’s actions throughout this pandemic, to choose three days before an election to play politics.”
He took Fauci to task for “choosing to criticize the president in the media and make his political leanings known by praising the president’s opponent.”
Fauci lauded Biden for “taking it [coronavirus] seriously from a public health perspective.”
Nigel Bell Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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