Dr. Anthony Fauci
is sick of people
criticizing his COVID-19
recommendations, and he let them know on Wednesday.
During an interview
's Chuck Todd
, Fauci called the criticisms "preposterous" and "painfully ridiculous," but he made it clear that there is a bigger target.
“A lot of what you’re seeing as attacks on me, quite frankly, are attacks on science
, because everything that I have consistently spoken about, from the very beginning, has been fundamentally based on science,” the nation’s top infectious disease expert said before rebutting the attacks on previous remarks on how the coronavirus
originated and the importance of wearing masks
to prevent transmission.
“If you go through each and every one of them,” Fauci said, “you can explain and debunk it right away.”
To that end, Todd played a Twitter
video in which Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) accuses Fauci of conspiring with Facebook
founder Mark Zuckerberg and funding the coronavirus's creation.
Blackburn's unproven allegations were dismissed by Fauci.
“I don’t want to belittle a US senator, but I have no idea what she’s talking about,” Fauci said.
Despite recent reports that the virus that causes COVID-19 may have escaped from a Wuhan
lab, Fauci believes that the natural scenario is more likely based on the data available.
“You want to keep an open mind. It’s a possibility. I believe it’s a highly unlikely possibility, and I believe that the most important one, when you look at what scientists feel, is that it was very likely a natural origin,” Fauci said, though he remains “very much in favor” of further investigation
Fauci appeared perplexed that many Americans do not understand that a novel virus, such as the one that causes COVID-19, is a moving
target, and that rules and recommendations change as new information becomes available.
“When those data change, when you get more information, it’s critical that you change your position because you have to be guided by the science and the current data,” he said, adding that “people want to fire me or put me in jail for what I’ve done, which is to follow the science.”
"It's preposterous, Chuck. It's completely preposterous," he added.
Fauci then reiterated that any criticism he has received is due to people's unwillingness to follow his scientifically based recommendations.
“Sometimes those things were inconvenient truths for people, and there was pushback against me,” he said. “So if you are trying to get at me as a public health
official and a scientist, you are really attacking not only Dr. Anthony Fauci, but you are attacking science.”
The interaction can be seen in the video above.