Dr. Fauci troubled by political divide over Covid science, says it’s hampered pandemic response

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  • White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said that there is a politically partisan divide in the US about science, which has hindered the response to the Kovid pandemic.
  • Fauci said that “because I am representing the science” in asking people to get vaccinated and wear masks, “attacks me” as death threats.
  • Polls show wide differences in vaccination rates among people in counties that voted for President Joe Biden, a Democrat, and former Republican President Donald Trump.

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White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said in a new interview that there is a “very disappointing” politically partisan divide in the United States over science, which has hindered the country’s response to the COVID pandemic. .

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Fauci noted that “because I’m representing science” asking people to get coronavirus vaccinations and continue to wear masks, “I am attacked” as death threats for which he is protected by federal agents. is required.

“What we are seeing is a public health issue that requires synergy between all elements of our government, where we realize the common enemy is the virus,” he said. Bill Frist, a former Senate majority leader who conducted the interview. online during monday A coronavirus outlook event organized by the Bipartisan Policy Center.

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“Sometimes, when you hear people speak, it’s almost like enemies to each other,” Fauci told Frist, a Republican representing Tennessee in the Senate. “And we have public health decisions that are based on [ideological] Idea. You should never have that.”

Fauci, without mentioning political party affiliation or the names of his two most recent bosses, then referred to for the apparently high COVID-19 vaccination rate among people living in counties Which voted for President Joe Biden, a Democrat, compared to people living in counties that former Republican President Donald Trump won in the 2020 election.

“You should never look at a map, and see that people who have been vaccinated tend to be overwhelmingly in one group and those who are unvaccinated fall into another group,” Fauci said. he said. “It’s so contradictory to what should be public health, which needs to be a concerted effort on the part of the entire population.”

Frist noted that when he served in the Senate and Republicans had a majority, Congress doubled funding for the National Institutes of Health, The Department of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has been headed by Fauci since 1984.

Now, Frist said, “it seems like a lot of the same people are questioning the science.”

“It’s become a partisan division around science,” said Frist, who appeared to be referencing widespread opposition to vaccine and mask mandates by several prominent Republican politicians, without naming the parties.

Fauci quipped, “I think if you were back in the Senate now, you’d be heartbroken.”

Fauci later said, “You’re right. There’s an anti-science element right now, that has a very strong political leaning, which is very worrying.”

“I hope that when we get out of this, people will look back and realize that we never want to do this again because it really hindered our response to this pandemic,” he said.

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