Dr. Fauci bristles over current criticisms

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Dr. Anthony Fauci is not happy with what he regards as the popular distortions of his pandemic record.

In a sprawling exit interview with New York Times reporter David Wallace-Wells, the outgoing director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases — whose remit extended well beyond his station — makes little effort to hide his bitterness. Confronted with the criticism that so much of the public-health guidance in this period was less about epidemiology and more reflective of the Biden White House’s “economic, political, and social” priorities, Fauci bristled at the implication:

“Certainly there could have been a better understanding of why people were emphasizing the economy. But when people say, “Fauci shut down the economy” — it wasn’t Fauci. The C.D.C. was the organization that made those recommendations. I happened to be perceived as the personification of the recommendations. But show me a school that I shut down and show me a factory that I shut down. Never. I never did. I gave a public-health recommendation that echoed the C.D.C.’s recommendation, and people made a decision based on that. But I never criticized the people who had to make the decisions one way or the other.”

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