During an interview at the Texas Tribune festival, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, admitted that “certain aspects” of the COVID-19 response were “botched.”
“They did not get the commercial involvement in the tests quickly. They stuck to their own tests,” Fauci said. “We didn’t know masks worked outside of the hospital setting…There was supposedly a shortage of good masks for the people who were taking care of individuals.”
Despite rampant learning loss in school children, Fauci is sticking by the decision to close schools.
“There is a misunderstanding that because children do not get as severe disease as a cohort, in general, as the elderly individuals and those with underlying conditions — we still lost 1,400 children,” Fauci said. “So, although you have to be aware and not deny that there are deleterious consequences for prolonged periods of time for keeping children out of school, remember, the safety of children is also important.”
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A Department of Education study published last month found that reading scores in children saw their largest decrease in three decades during the pandemic, while math scores saw their first decrease ever.
Other health officials have also called out the response by governments to the pandemicaround the world.
The Lancet COVID-19 Commission, a panel of international experts, wrote in a report last week that governments “showed themselves to be untrustworthy and ineffective” during the pandemic by failing to “adhere to basic norms of institutional rationality and transparency.”
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky ordered a reorganization of the public health agency last month, saying that the agency’s response to COVID-19 “did not reliably meet expectations” after 75 years of preparation.
During a recent interview with 60 Minutes, President Biden declared the pandemic “over.”
“The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lot of work on it. It’s — but the pandemic is over,” he said.
The White House quickly walked the comment back (of course).
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