“It did not give me pleasure to see myself in the situation of contradicting the president, you could feel that it was something that was not going to happen without consequences.”
This is how a visibly relaxed Dr. Anthony Fauci described his work with former President Donald Trump on his return to the White House press room on Thursday.
And it is that Fauci became famous for his qualifications and sometimes denied of the erdews that advertised el then president Donald Trump at press conferences about the coronavirus.
“Things were said, such as those related to hydroxychloroquine, that were uncomfortable because they were not based on scientific facts,” he recalled in relation to the drug promoted by Trump without there being evidence that it could be used to treat covid-19.
“I always said everything, that’s why sometimes I got into trouble,” he recalled about Trump, who came to complain that the epidemiologist was more popular than he.
And he added, relieved, on his first day working with the Joe Biden government: “The idea that you can come here and talk about what you know, what the evidence is, the science and knowing that’s it, let the science talk, is ato release“.
“One of the things with this new government is that if you don’t know the answer, you don’t invent it, you recognize that you don’t know,” he added, smiling.
He also promised to remain fully transparent, so when there is something that in his opinion is being done wrong in the new government, he will point it out.
A difficult outlook in the US
Hours earlier this Thursday, President Biden announced the measures that his government will take to fight the pandemic that by February it will have left more than 500,000 deads, according to estimates.
“The situation will get worse before it gets better”, warned the president when presenting the 10 orders that he signed under the National Action Plan against Coronavirus.
In this regard, Fauci said that one of the priorities will be to speed up vaccination to reach between 70% and 85% and have herd immunity something he thinks might make “normal” start to return.
“The concern I have, and something we are working on, is to reach people who have doubts about vaccines, who do not want to be vaccinated, because many are skeptical about it,” he said.
“The best scenario for me is that we have 85% of the people vaccinated by the end of the summer. If we do, then by the time we get to fall, I think we can get closer to a degree of normality,” he continued.
United States hasbía applied until this Thursday half of the nearly 38 million vaccines distributed, which represents a rate of 5.62 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
That ranks the country fifth in the world, but still far from Israel’s 35.45 rate.
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