Many Americans are questioning Fauci’s credibility when he repeatedly flip-flopped on a number of coronavirus issues throughout the pandemic.
CDC Lost All Credibility
Dr. Marty Makary is a Fox News medical contributor and professor of health policy and management at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.
He said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lost all credibility. “They have been consistently delinquent, misrepresenting COVID risk levels.
The public sees through the CDC’s flawed guidance on schools, travel, and summer camps that use the guise of science. That’s why 52% of Americans no longer trust the CDC,” he said.
Then, there is Dr. Brett Giroir is the former White House Coronavirus Task Force testing czar and former Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) assistant secretary.
He said the confusion surrounding the CDC’s new guidance is a result of “awful communication and planning around the guidance,” plus some terrible choices in the words used.
“The real message is: If you are vaccinated, and not in a special group like the immunosuppressed, it is safe for you and for others around you for you to be without a mask indoors.
But, if you are in areas of significant disease or in a high-risk circumstance and you are not vaccinated, it is still safer to wear a mask than not to wear one,” Giroir said.
Fauci Should Resign As His Credibility Is Falling
Some experts think that on top of mistrust in the CDC, Fauci’s credibility is falling. It didn’t help that he seemed to change positions on a number of issues.
Recently, Fauci said that he doubts COVID-19 developed naturally outside of a Wuhan lab. Earlier reports stated that three Wuhan lab workers showed COVID-like symptoms in Autumn 2019.
This is just before the official outbreak in China. In addition, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky testified Wednesday that a laboratory origin of COVID-19 is a possibility.
However, in May of last year, Fauci told National Geographic he thought otherwise. “What’s out there now is very, very strongly leaning toward this could not have been artificially or deliberately manipulated.”
A year later, he flip-flopped. When asked if he thought that COVID-19 developed naturally, he said: “No, actually no, I’m not convinced about that.”
Fauci Should Resign As He Gives Mixed Messages
In addition, Fauci sent mixed messages surrounding mask mandates. Last year in March, he said there’s “no reason” to walk around wearing a mask.
However, he changed his stance a few months later. In June 2020 he discouraged mask-wearing to conserve them for health workers, qualifying that personal protective equipment (PPEs) were in short supply.
Then, in January this year, he turned around saying, “double-masking makes common sense, it’s more effective.”
Giroir said that this mixed messaging can happen due to incoming new information. However, he said there should be more transparency.
“The change in mask guidance was based on new information and data. Of course, I had some issues back then because we did not know that masks did not work.
We just did not have affirmative evidence that they did work, and we needed to conserve masks for health care workers. Fauci should have been upfront with that as well as the rest of the medical leadership on the task force, stating that we don’t know if they work instead of saying don’t wear them,” he said.
Troubling, But Nothing New
Representative Guy Reschenthaler, (R-PA), a member of the House’s China Task Force, recently learned that $1.1 million US tax dollars went to the Wuhan Institute of Virology. While he said Dr. Fauci’s mixed messages are troubling, he knows that this is nothing new.
“He has been wrong, intentionally deceptive, and inconsistent throughout this entire pandemic. A few examples of Fauci’s failures include: claiming there was very little risk to Americans in January of 2020, opposing President Trump’s China travel ban then crediting it with saving lives, and wrongly predicting an explosion of cases in Texas after Gov. Abbott lifted the state mask mandates.
It is long past time for Dr. Fauci to stop talking to the American public. Fauci should resign or be fired immediately,” Reschenthaler said.
Representative Warren Davidson (R-OH) proposed the “FIRED” (Fauci Incompetence Requires Early Dismissal) Act in light of his mixed messaging.
“Dr. Fauci is at odds with the CDC. He has repeatedly put political science ahead of the science on COVID-19.” Meanwhile, Giroir said he doesn’t think Fauci flip-flopped this year.
Instead, “The current confusion is because the overall guidance from CDC is confusing, and it is obvious that the CDC changed guidance without briefing him extensively,” he said.
Watch Representative Warren Davidson’s video detailing his bill “FIRED Act”:
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