‘It was the best decision I ever made’: Dr. Fauci appears to claim he gave the go-ahead for COVID vaccine and gives no credit to Trump’s Operation Warp Speed for development
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, has appeared to claim credit for the decision to quickly develop vaccines against COVID-19, in remarks that are sure to anger Donald Trump.
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, made the comment in an interview with CNN for a special on Sunday, diving into the details of America’s pandemic response.
‘When I saw what happened in New York City, almost over-running of our healthcare systems, and that’s when it became very clear that the decision we made on January 10 to go all out and develop a vaccine, may have been the best decision that I’ve ever made with regard to intervention as the director of the institute,’ Fauci said.
Trump, who has frequently expressed frustration with Fauci publicly, has repeatedly claimed credit for his administration’s Operation Warp Speed, which spurred pharmaceutical giants to deliver a vaccine to the public in record time.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, has appeared to claim credit for the decision to quickly develop vaccines against COVID-19
‘I hope everyone remembers when they’re getting the COVID-19 (often referred to as the China Virus) Vaccine, that if I wasn’t President, you wouldn’t be getting that beautiful ‘shot’ for 5 years, at best, and probably wouldn’t be getting it at all. I hope everyone remembers!’ Trump said in a formal statement earlier this month.
Indeed, Trump has often accused Fauci of naysaying, pointing to statements Fauci made early in the pandemic that vaccines typically take years to develop.
Jason Miller, a close advisor to Trump, responded to a DailyMail.com article about Fauci’s remark with scorn, tweeting: ‘If it were up to Fauci we still wouldn’t have a Covid vaccine.’
Operation Warp Speed was a public-private partnership initiated by the Trump administration to facilitate and accelerate the development of COVID vaccines.
Fauci was one of the lead members of Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force, and President Joe Biden subsequently appointed him as chief medical advisor.
He has never been publicly named as a key figure in the development of vaccines or in Operation Warp Speed, which operated separately from the Coronavirus Task Force.
Throughout the pandemic, Fauci has been eager to give interviews, seeming to revel in the title ‘America’s Doctor’ that the media bestowed on him.
Like Fauci, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta seemed to overlook the role that Operation Warp Speed and pharmaceutical companies played in the development of the vaccines.
‘The life-saving and record-breaking vaccines that Dr. Fauci oversaw were a giant success for ‘The Doctors’ and for science and for the world,’ Gupta said in a voiceover.
The CNN special featured interviews with six medical doctors who played key roles in America’s pandemic response, including Fauci, Dr. Deborah Birx, Dr. Robert Kadlec, Dr. Robert Redfield, Dr. Stephen Hahn and Dr. Brett Giroir.
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