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Former Vice President Joe Biden wants Dr. Anthony Fauci to remain at his current post at the National Institute of Health and also serve as his chief medical adviser if he becomes president.
Currently, Fauci heads the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Biden talked about his interest in Fauci during an interview on CNN where the discussion included the COVID-19 vaccines and masks.
"In the first day I'm inaugurated… I'm going to ask the public for 100 days to mask, just 100 days, to mask. Not forever. 100 days."
President-elect Joe Biden shares his masking plan during an exclusive interview with @JakeTapper.
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) December 3, 2020
The next day, Fauci announced that he had accepted Biden’s offer during an interview on NBC.
Will you accept President-elect Biden's offer to serve as his chief medical adviser? –@SavannahGuthrie
Absolutely, I said yes right on the spot. -Dr. Anthony Fauci pic.twitter.com/lHr3z1v3vo
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 4, 2020
Also, during the interview, Fauci tried to clarify Biden’s statement on masks.
Biden said he wants Americans to wear masks during his first 100 days of his presidency and NBC’s Savannah Guthrie asked if “an artificial time limit” was appropriate.
The Hill reports:
“No, he didn’t mean it that way,” Fauci responded. “What he wants, he just wants to get — and it’s a good idea — uniform.”
Given Biden is recycling many of the people that were part of the Obama administration, it’s not surprising he wants to keep Fauci around.
While Fauci is a safe pick for Biden, it’s important to recognize Fauci made many mistakes regarding COVID-19 including failing to recognize the health threat early.
On January 26, Fauci told radio host John Catsimatidis COVID-19 didn’t pose a risk to Americans.
Fauci responded, “The American people should not be worried or frightened by this.”
Then he added, “It’s a very, very low risk to the United States, but it’s something we, as public health officials, need to take very seriously.”
During an interview with Greg Kelly on Newsmax TV in January, Fauci also downplayed the virus, saying, “But this is not a major threat to the people of the United States and this is not something that the citizens of the United States right now should be worried about.”
In late February, Fauci told the USA Today editorial board the COVID-19 risk was “minimal” and he also said masks were largely ineffective.
“People start saying, ‘Should I start wearing a mask?’ Now, in the United States, there is absolutely no reason whatsoever to wear a mask.”
Fauci doesn’t want people to worry about coronavirus, the danger of which is “just minuscule.”
More recently, Fauci apologized for being critical of the vaccine approval process in the UK.