Anthony Fauci says Republicans have 'clearly politicized' public health as he heads toward retirement next month




 

Anthony Fauci is about to leave a post he's held for decades. But the criticism he's faced for his COVID-19 response is far from over-something he's well aware of, he indicated Sunday.

Fauci will step down next month as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, having advised every president since Ronald Reagan as the White House's chief medical adviser.

His departure from the job won't mean a departure from the public eye, however, as House Republicans, who have accused him of lying and abusing his power during the pandemic, have vowed to examine his actions and ask him to testify under oath.

Kevin McCarthy, expected to be House speaker next year, tweeted in August:

"Dr. Fauci lost the trust of the American people when his guidance unnecessarily kept schools closed and businesses shut while obscuring questions about his knowledge on the origins of COVID. He owes the American people answers. A @HouseGOP majority will hold him accountable."

The GOP, despite a "red wave" not materializing in the midterms, did win enough seats to seize control of the House. That will give Republican lawmakers the power to launch investigations focused on Fauci.

Speaking Sunday on CBS' Face the Nation, Fauci said he would "absolutely" cooperate with an investigation into his handling of the pandemic and testify before Congress if asked.

"Oh, of course. I mean, I'm very much in favor of-of legitimate oversight. Absolutely. I mean, I've testified before Congress, given the 38 years that I've been director, literally hundreds of times, in many oversight hearings," Fauci said.

While Fauci has most recently dealt with COVID and monkeypox, he's also faced the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the West Nile virus, Ebola, and other threats over the decades.

Anti-Fauci campaigns

He said Sunday that Republicans have "clearly politicized" public health, adding, "It is very clear when people are running their campaigns with an anti-Fauci element to it. That's ridiculous. I mean, this is a public health issue. So yeah, it's going to keep going likely much more geared towards me."

But, he said, "I didn't get involved before in the politics and I'm not going to get involved now in the politics. I'd be more than happy to explain publicly or otherwise, everything that we've done."

He also spoke on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday, saying he's "very troubled" by the division in American politics.

"As a public health official, I don't want to see anyone suffer and die from COVID. I don't care if you're a far-right Republican or a far-left Democrat, everybody deserves to have the safety of good public health, and that's not happening."

He noted that between 300 and 400 people are still dying daily from COVID, and that the uptake of the latest vaccine booster has been less than 15%. "I think the idea that, 'Forget it, this is over'-it isn't," he said, warning that America is still "certainly" in the pandemic.

On Tuesday Fauci delivered what will likely be his final COVID briefing as White House chief medical advisor.

"My message...maybe the final message I get from this podium, is that please, for your own safety, for that of your family, get your updated COVID-19 shot as soon as you're eligible to protect yourself, your family, and your community," he said.

On Meet the Press, he described how he'd like to be remembered.

"I hope to be remembered for what I've tried to do, just bring science and medicine and public health principles to very serious crises we've had," he said. "As I've said before, I've given it everything I have to do that."

His critics hope he'll be remembered in other ways, and sparks will likely fly in congressional hearings next year.

This story was originally featured on Fortune.com

The American middle class is at the end of an era

Sam Bankman-Fried's crypto empire 'was run by a gang of kids in the Bahamas' who all dated each other

The 5 most common mistakes lottery winners make

Sick with a new Omicron variant? Be prepared for this symptom

COMMENTS

More Related News

Nikki Haley planning Feb. 15 launch for 2024 White House bid
Nikki Haley planning Feb. 15 launch for 2024 White House bid
  • World
  • 2023-02-01 03:30:05Z

Nikki Haley is moving closer to making her presidential campaign official. On Wednesday, supporters of the former South Carolina governor will get an email ...

Asia
Asia's factory activity contracts despite China's COVID reopening

Asia's factory activity contracted in January as the boost from China's COVID reopening had yet to offset headwinds from slowing U.S. and European growth...

China
China's Jan factory activity contracts at slower pace amid COVID infections - Caixin PMI

China's factory activity shrank more slowly in January after Beijing lifted tough COVID curbs late last year which helped ease pressure on manufacturers...

US Covid Emergency to End in May
US Covid Emergency to End in May

President Joe Biden plans to end the emergency federal response to Covid-19 on May 11, the White House told Congress Monday evening, as public health...

Biden and McCarthy clash over debt ceiling ahead of first big meeting
Biden and McCarthy clash over debt ceiling ahead of first big meeting

WASHINGTON - Ahead of President Joe Biden's first meeting Wednesday with new House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, the White House issued two sternly worded demands ...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

  • BABY SCAN
    (2022-11-28 10:56:35Z)

    How is it different? While the ultrasound imagery does show quite a bit of detail, unfortunately, they do not give you an apparent picture of what your baby looks like.

    REPLY

Top News: Economy