In an interview on Friday on Fox Business Network’s “Cavuto: Coast to Coast”, Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, addressed the change in its popularity during the pandemic of coronavirus.
Fauci objected to the “noise,” saying he “was not having a popularity contest. The infectious disease doctor stressed that he was a scientist and focused on public health.
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“You know, you talk about people putting out data like it’s popular now. I am not running a popularity contest for myself. I am a doctor. I am a scientist. And I’m a public health person, ”Fauci advised. “The only thing that matters to me, Neil, is to help preserve and protect the health of the American public, and indirectly in that regard as we are a global leader, protecting the health and safety of the entire world because that this is what we do. This is what I have been doing for 50 years as a doctor and for almost 40 years as director of the institute. So whether people on one side or on the other hand, love me or dislike me, that does not concern me.
He continued, “What I’m doing is… focus on my job, and that’s getting us out of this pandemic, which has already killed 780,000 Americans. And I think all that other stuff, Neil, is noise when they say they like it, they don’t like it, whether some people are in its favor or not. It really is a nonsense thing. My job is the health of the American public, and that’s the only thing I focus on.
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