Dr. Anthony Fauci has quickly become an icon on the left, and a public health official loathed by many on the right.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio launched an attack on Fauci, a leading expert in infectious disease and once a prominent member of President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 task force. Rubio claimed in a tweet that Fauci has lied about the efficacy of wearing face masks as well as calling him out for his wishy-washy claims of how many people would need to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity.
“Dr. Fauci lied about masks in March[.] Dr. Fauci has been distorting the level of vaccination needed for herd immunity,” Rubio wrote in a Sunday tweet. “It isn’t just him Many in elite bubbles believe the American public doesn’t know ‘what’s good for them’ so they need to be tricked into ‘doing the right thing.’”
Rubio slammed Fauci for his early recommendations that masks were not necessary, which he clearly said in a number of interviews early on during the pandemic. Surgeon General Jerome Adams echoed Fauci’s statements at the time, urging Americans in a tweet to “STOP BUYING MASKS.”
Many who have defended Fauci’s statements claim that Fauci wasn’t lying about masks over time, rather that the advice to wear a mask became more prominent as mask supplies increased and evolving science apparently changed the minds of medical experts.
According to Fox News, Rubio’s harsh criticisms come on the heels of an interview that Dr. Fauci gave The New York Times on the topic of herd immunity and his seeming shift upward of how many Americans would need to receive a COVID-19 vaccination to make it happen.
“When polls said only about half of all Americans would take a vaccine, I was saying herd immunity would take 70 to 75%,” Fauci was quoted as saying in The Times’ report. “Then, when newer surveys said 60% or more would take it, I thought, ‘I can nudge this up a bit,’ so I went to 80, 85.”
Do you trust Dr. Fauci regarding coronavirus at this point?
“We have to have some humility here…We really don’t know what the real number is. I think the real range is somewhere between 70 to 90%. But, I’m not going to say 90%,” he added.
Fauci’s latest estimations point to returning to “normalcy” sometime during the summer of 2021, as by that time the number of Americans who will have taken the vaccine should be enough to initiate the early stages of herd immunity.
It’s no wonder why so many Americans have lost trust and faith in Fauci. His back-and-forth messaging has left many questioning if the government, including Fauci, have even the slightest clue of what they’re talking about.
But with Fauci tapped for some level of involvement in the incoming Biden administration’s COVID-19 task force, we’re probably going to be seeing a lot more of this guy in the near future.