Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading disease specialist, seemed willing to join the fray on who deserves credit for the speed at which coronavirus vaccines have been developed and become available to the public.
Fauci was interviewed on a CNN special that aired Sunday night and the discussion came about on the vaccination effort. Social media pointed out that Fauci appeared willing to take much of the credit by avoiding mentioning former President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed altogether.
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“When I saw what happened in New York, almost the overuse of our healthcare systems, and that’s when it became very clear that the decision we made on the 10th January to put everything together and develop a vaccine, was perhaps the best decision. than I have ever done regarding the intervention as director of the institute, ”he said in“ COVID WAR: The Pandemic Doctors Speak Out ”.
Trump has made it clear that he believes he deserves credit for how quickly vaccines have been developed and has not been shy in reminding the public of this.
“I hope everyone remembers when they get the COVID-19 vaccine (often referred to as the China virus), that if I weren’t president you wouldn’t get that nice ‘injection’ for 5 years at best, and I probably wouldn’t get it at all, ”read a statement from the former president earlier this month. “I hope everyone remembers it! ”
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Jen Psaki, the White House spokeswoman, declined to pay tribute to Trump for his role in deploying the vaccine. Business Insider reported that she was asked earlier this month if Trump deserves credit for vaccine development, and she avoided the question, saying progress on vaccines was an “incredible Herculean effort from the world. science and medical experts. And certainly, we have applauded this in the past, and we are happy to applaud it again. ”
Trump’s team and Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases did not immediately respond to an email from Fox News after normal business hours.
In February, Fauci boss Dr Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, praised the Trump administration for the “breathtaking” success of Operation Warp Speed in obtaining several effective vaccines against coronaviruses developed and tested within one year of the virus outbreak.
“Operation Warp Speed, for which I give a lot of credit to [former HHS Secretary Alex Azar], was an effort that many of us weren’t initially convinced would be necessary. And it was considered a Manhattan Project, ”Collins told Axios.
“These words were sometimes used to describe what had to happen in order to bring all parts of government together in an unprecedented way to test up to six vaccines in rigorous trials, and to make this manufacturing risky, so that if any of these tests worked, you would already have doses ready to go into guns. ”
Jason Miller, a senior Trump adviser, took to Twitter shortly after the interview aired and posted: “If it were up to Fauci, we still wouldn’t have a Covid vaccine. ”
The Associated Press contributed to this report