Within a few years, Fauci went from an idol to a fallen idol. So in some ways, it really doesn’t matter what he says. But it’s striking that Fauci’s message remains so contradictory after all this time of practically living on TV and doing interviews with everybody.
“Here we are. It’s the end of April. It’s the spring of 2022. How close are we to the end of the pandemic?” Judy Woodruff of “PBS NewsHour” asked Fauci Tuesday.
“We are certainly, right now, in this country out of the pandemic phase,” Fauci replied. “Namely, we don’t have 900,000 new infections a day and tens and tens and tens of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths. We are at a low level right now.
But wait, the pandemic is back on after all.
A day later, after his comments made headlines worldwide, Fauci was singing a different tune. “We are in a different moment of the pandemic,” Fauci told the Associated Press Wednesday. The US has “decelerated and transitioned into more of a controlled phase” after a winter surge, he added.
“By no means does that mean the pandemic is over,” Fauci said in his 180-degree turnabout.
Follow the science.
Whether it’s Fauci or the CDC, the bureaucrats and government executives at the heart of the response have been inconsistent on the science, but wholly consistent on protecting their own power.