With Trump there were moments when things were communicated that were not based on scientific facts, says the US immunologist.
Renowned US immunologist Anthony Fauci is relieved that after President Donald Trump’s departure in the White House, he can let the facts speak for himself again. “We let science speak,” said Fauci on Thursday in front of journalists at the government headquarters in Washington. “It’s kind of a feeling of relief,” said the immunologist, who is now advising the new president, Democrat Joe Biden.
With Trump there were moments when things were communicated that were not based on scientific facts, Fauci said. As an example, he cited Trump’s ongoing promotion of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a corona drug, although its effectiveness has not been proven. “That was really uncomfortable because it wasn’t based on scientific facts,” said Fauci. On another occasion, Trump brought disinfectant spraying into play as a possible corona healing method.
Now everything is different
With Trump, he did not have the feeling that he could contradict him without negative consequences, said Fauci. That will be different with Biden, as the President assured him in a conversation a few minutes ago, said the immunologist. In the future, action and communication would always be transparent and based on scientific findings, promised Fauci.
Fauci also handed out a swipe at Trump’s sometimes improvised pandemic policy. When asked about the participation of the Amazon group in the vaccination campaign, Fauci replied that he could not say anything. “One of the innovations with this administration is not to guess when you don’t have an answer,” said Fauci.
Fauci must be back at the White House
The 80-year-old Fauci is head of the National Institute for Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and is an expert of integrity. Because Fauci was not afraid to contradict Trump, he was not invited to the White House for a long time to speak publicly about the status of the corona pandemic. When a journalist asked whether he was back after months in exile, Fauci laughed and said: “I think so.”
Fauci had already spoken at a meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday to discuss Biden’s return of the US to cooperation with the Geneva-based institution.