Farewell Fauci: Retired government doctor’s tenure deemed a ‘total failure’
As Dr. Anthony Fauci prepares to retire on Saturday, Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marty Makary has argued that the nation’s leading immunologist leaves behind a record of « failure » in Washington following of the COVID-19 pandemic.
« His track record in running NIAID, our National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is one of total failure, » Makary said on « Fox & Friends » Friday.
Fauci served as President Biden’s chief medical adviser during COVID-19, but has come under scrutiny over his handling of the national response to the virus.
« People forget that he was the head of our National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and that agency’s track record is pretty bad after this pandemic. Now people are mad at Dr. Fauci for his shifting recommendations. “, said Makary.
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« Really, it’s just a symptom of a much larger and deeper problem. And it’s this agency’s inability to do rapid research quickly to respond to big controversies in real time. »
Despite the pushback from critics over his wavering advice on masks, vaccines and the virus itself, Fauci said he has no regrets about his time in government.
« I’m the first to admit that I’m far from perfect. But when you say redo, you know, I really don’t see something I would completely do, » Fauci said in an interview with The Washington Post. earlier. this month.
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Although Fauci admits no regrets, Makary argued that decisions such as downplaying the role of natural immunity in the fight against COVID were « unethical ».
« If you look at what they haven’t studied, it’s unbelievable the list of things they haven’t studied with all their funding, $6 billion and the vast lab facilities and staff that they have. they had under the direction of Dr. Fauci. They didn’t study masks and boosters in young people and natural immunity and complications of vaccines and Paxlovid in vaccinated people. Yet they spent 1.2 billion dollars in COVID long, which came to nothing, » Makary told host Joey Jones.
Additionally, Makary pointed to research in the medical field surrounding COVID-19 and vaccines that he says Fauci and the NIH have rejected, including research from the Journal of the American Medical Association looking at the mRNA vaccine. found in breast milk, vaccine myocarditis and natural immunity.
« What does he say that the top three research studies discussed and released for the year were studies that Dr. Fauci downplayed or did not fund in any part of the NIH? » asked Makary.
House and Senate Republicans, including Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., have pledged to investigate the origins of COVID-19 and hold Fauci accountable for the pandemic response.
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Makary credited Fauci with being « helpful » and « well-intentioned » in warning Americans of the dangers of COVID-19, calling the doctor a « gentleman who loves his country, » but said Fauci’s leadership at NIAID was « a failure of science ». . »
« So many times when Dr. Fauci said the science had changed, the reality was that it hadn’t been done, » he said.