‘I Don’t Believe Them’ — Fauci Shares His Views On Trump Team’s COVID-19 Economic Freakout
Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force (which has perhaps elevated him to “star” status), described in a candid discussion with his boss the difficulties he has working with an administration that is sometimes too focused on saving the economy rather than the American people.
Fauci’s comments, involving himself and National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins, were uploaded to YouTube last week, according to reporting from ABC News. His comments demonstrate skepticism that the White House is 100 percent on-board with the desire to guard the health of the nation, even if the economy flounders for a bit for it.
“They talk about how badly you can hurt the economy before it doesn’t ever come back. I don’t believe them,” Fauci explained. “I think it’s going to come back no matter what.”
“What we’re [attempting to figure out now] is how can we get people back into work without endangering their health” with regard to the coronavirus pandemic, he went on to say. He also stated that a “second wave” of coronavirus could hit once businesses are reopened
You don’t make the timeline. The virus makes the timeline,” – Dr. Fauci
— Not Bill Murray (@StayWonked) March 26, 2020
President Donald Trump had expressed in recent days a strong desire to reopen the economy up and shutter down social distancing measures, to the chagrin of health experts who have said doing so would make matters worse. Trump has since rescinded his insistence that things could go back to normal by Easter, conceding that a more realistic timeline may be much later (although his goal for the end of April may also be too soon).
Fauci, who is 80 years old, described the demands of the job to Collins, admitting he sometimes works 20-hour days. “I’m sucking it up because you got to do it,” he said.
Fauci also admitted that there’s “no evidence at all” for a supposed miracle drug called chloroquine that Trump has been touting. He voiced hesitance toward a vaccine being the silver-bullet solution that many believe it will be, as there may be limited access to it once it’s developed.
“I don’t think we’ll have enough doses for everyone,” Fauci said.