Anthony Fauci FINALLY admits he got key Covid advice wrong

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Dr Anthony Fauci has finally admitted he got key aspects of his Covid public health advice wrong.

America’s top infectious disease expert said he should have been ‘much more careful’ with his words early in the pandemic.

He told a medical conference on Tuesday that he wished he had been more open about the uncertainties at the time. 

Dr Fauci was heavily criticized for flip-flopping on face masks and exaggerating the herd immunity target to encourage more people to get vaccinated. 

He also quashed discussion about Covid’s origin and denied virus-tinkering experiments went on at the Wuhan facility at the center of the lab leak theory.

The outgoing White House medical adviser was speaking at the University of Southern California’s Center for Health Journalism on Tuesday.

When asked if he wished he had communicated better during the pandemic, he said: ‘The answer is yes… I mean, my goodness, no one’s perfect. Certainly I am not.’ 

Dr Anthony Fauci has finally admitted he got key aspects of his Covid public health advice wrong. He told a medical conference in California on Tuesday (pictured) he wishes he'd beeen'much more careful)

Dr Anthony Fauci has finally admitted he got key aspects of his Covid public health advice wrong. He told a medical conference in California on Tuesday (pictured) he wishes he’d beeen ‘much more careful)

The above shows Covid cases in the US (blue line) and UK (red line) since the end of December 2020. It reveals that America's Covid infections have tracked Britain's, such as when the Omicron wave sent cases across the pond spiralling two weeks before the US

The above shows Covid cases in the US (blue line) and UK (red line) since the end of December 2020. It reveals that America’s Covid infections have tracked Britain’s, such as when the Omicron wave sent cases across the pond spiralling two weeks before the US

Asked at the conference whether he regretted any advice he gave during the Covid pandemic, Dr Fauci admitted: ‘You know, the answer is yes.

‘When I go back in the early months, I probably should have tried to be much, much more careful in getting the message to repeat.

‘[To get across] the uncertainty of what we’re going through.’

Dr Fauci accused social media users and the media of distorting some of his comments.

This graph shows weekly admissions for Covid infections per million people in America

This graph shows weekly admissions for Covid infections per million people in America

The above graph shows Covid deaths in the United States per million people since the start of the Covid pandemic

The above graph shows Covid deaths in the United States per million people since the start of the Covid pandemic

What did Fauci get wrong? From telling people not to wear masks to claiming vaccines stopped infections

Dr Anthony Fauci is due to step down from his position as one of America’s top infectious disease advisors at the end of this year. 

His career in public health spans decades, and includes advising the Trump and Biden Administrations on handling the Covid pandemic.

Below are listed some of his key blunders when the virus struck

  • Don’t wear masks, do wear masks

In March 2020 when concern was rising globally over Covid Fauci told Americans that there was ‘no need’ to wear a face mask.

He insisted at the time that they may only help people ‘feel a little better’, and ‘might even block a droplet’ — but would not provide good protection.

Less than a month later, however, he was forced into an embarrassing climbdown after it emerged the virus spread via droplets in the air.

Face masks were later mandated across indoor places and on public transport for more than two years as America rode out the Covid pandemic.

No states currently have the restrictions in place, but there are concerns they could return this winter.

Dr Fauci later suggested he advised people not to wear masks to ensure there were enough available for hospitals and healthcare centers.

  • Covid did not come from a lab

Dr Fauci has also repeatedly insisted that Covid did not leak from a lab in China.

In April 2020 he dismissed the theory as a ‘shiny object that will go away’, and later brushed aside claims from other top experts as an ‘opinion’.

But evidence since built up that Covid may have leaked from a lab, rather than jumping from animals to humans as thought.

A US intelligence and WHO investigation have both failed to rule out the theory.

And Beijing has repeatedly frustrated attempts to access the Wuhan lab to investigate whether the virus did leak from the location.

Dr Fauci himself has also now backpedalled, saying instead that he keeps an ‘open mind’ although insisting that it remains ‘most likely’ that the virus spilled over from animals to humans.

  • Two jabs will stop you catching Covid

When the Covid vaccine roll-out was in full swing, Dr Fauci told White House officials that there was little chance the double-jabbed would catch Covid.

He said the immunity from vaccines made them a ‘dead end’ for the virus, and even suggested they may no longer need to wear masks.

But when Omicron struck the US at the end of November it quickly became clear that two jabs did not block infection, although they did slash the risk of hospitalization and death.

America has now run several programs to ‘top up’ people’s immunity from jabs, including another this fall and winter.

‘You have to be careful,’ he said. ‘It is really unfortunate, that that’s the world in which we live, in that it’s a bunch of sound bites, sound bites that sometimes get cut in half and get misinterpreted.

‘Someone could always make mischief by clipping out a few words.’ 

Dr Fauci, will leave his official post at the end of the year. His career in public health spans decades.

He has also been the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a research agency within the sprawling National Institutes of Health, since 1984.

When Covid first reached US shores in January 2020, Dr Fauci was quick to say it wasn’t ‘something the American people need to worry about’.

He also said the virus was ‘not a major threat’ and that it posed a ‘very, very low risk to the United States’.

But by mid-March the Trump administration was urging Americans to limit their international travel, and states were starting to move into lockdowns.

The death toll from the virus now stands at more than one million in America alone, with countless more lives disrupted by the infection.

Dr Fauci has since admitted his error, but pointed out that calling for restrictions when there were just a handful of cases would have made him seem ‘crazy’.

The top infectious disease expert also told Americans there was ‘no need’ to wear a face mask in early March 2020.

He insisted at the time that the only benefit was it might make people ‘feel a little better’ and it ‘might even block a droplet’.

But by April he was forced to U-turn when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said they were needed because the virus spread through the air.

Dr Fauci admitted he only advised the public not to wear them because he was concerned about mask shortages for medical staff. 

He slipped up again amid the roll out of Covid vaccines in May 2021, telling those who were double-jabbed that they were highly unlikely to catch the virus.

At a meeting with the White House he described the fully vaccinated as a ‘dead end’ for the infection.

But it quickly became clear the jabs, while highly effective at protecting against serious disease, were not preventing infections. 

Dr Fauci has also repeatedly lambasted scientific experts over claims that Covid may have leaked from a lab in China.

In April 2020 he dismissed it as a ‘shiny object that will go away’, and in March the following year brushed aside claims from a top CDC chief as just an ‘opinion’.

But in the years since those comments many high profile scientists have begun to question the official narrative.

A US intelligence community report concluded that it was impossible to rule-out the lab leak theory in August 2021. 

And Beijing has also repeatedly frustrated attempts from the WHO to investigate the lab — with the agency unable to rule out the theory.

Researchers at the Chinese lab in Wuhan who fell ill with a mysterious flu-like virus months before the official Covid timeline were silenced or disappeared. 

Dr Fauci has now backpedaled and claims to keep an ‘open mind’ over the origin of the virus, but he still believes it ‘most likely’ spilled into humans from an animal species.

It has since emerged he was chief cheerleader for American funding on virus experiments in Wuhan for gain of function experiments — where scientists try to manipulate viruses to make them more deadly or infectious. 

Dr Fauci has also made several bizarre claims during his time as the medical adviser to America’s Covid response.

In an interview with MSNBC in June 2021 when criticisms about his judgement were put to him, he said critics were not only attacking him but ‘attacking science’.

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