Dr. Fauci mostly unfairly has been used as a punching bag by the political right. They claim that he has contradicted himself and lied. Fauci has stated repeatedly that as our scientific understanding of the pandemic changed, so did the advice he gave. He also changed his advice when the CDC changed its recommendations.
Fauci has also erred on the side of caution. In his job, how could he not? Before we knew if vaccinated people could still spread the disease, he was telling people to still be cautious and follow the CDC guidelines.
Part of the problem is that the political right has all along downplayed the seriousness of this pandemic. Fourteen months ago I observed how fast this disease was spreading and predicted that millions would die. Meanwhile, Rush Limbaugh compared COVID-19 to the common cold and other political commentators echoed his opinion.
The point I kept hearing for over a year is that Fauci changed his position on masks. Back when COVID-19 was barely present in the United States, Fauci was saying that people didn't need to wear masks and that COVID-19 was not that big of a threat to America. But in March of 2020, the disease exploded in the United States and Fauci changed his recommendation. Fauci also admitted later that he did not want to see a run on masks that would create a shortage for medical professionals.
For example, I am listening to a radio program right now where the host is bitterly complaining that Fauci stated that masks weren't effective. Although true, when evidence came out that masks helped stop the spread of the disease, he changed his position.
A couple of Fauci's emails out of thousands show that people were discussing the possibility that this disease came from a lab leak, but he still states that he thinks that this is the less likely possibility. The reason he gives is that all the previous pandemics came from animal transmission. Early on, the experts were saying that this did not come from a lab. We also don't have any evidence that this was a lab leak, mainly because the Chinese government isn't cooperating. Personally, I don't trust the Chinese government nor do I trust the safety of gain of function research. We also don't have any evidence that this disease came from an animal. This is another area where Fauci has changed his position, stating that it is possible that the disease came from a lab.
I have a much bigger problem with Fauci testifying under oath that the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases did not support the gain of function of research in the Wuhan lab. However, reportedly it did support this research through an intermediary. That appears to be a problem.
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