- Republican Senator from Wisconsin, Ron Johnson, claimed that Dr Anthony Fauci was “ignoring therapy” for COVID.
- “He exaggerated it. He created all kinds of fear, ” Johnson told Fox News on World AIDS Day.
- Fauci called the claims ridiculous on Sunday, noting that AIDS has killed 750,000 Americans.
Dr Anthony Fauci called Senator Ron Johnson’s recent accusations “crass” that the country’s top infectious disease expert “exaggerated” AIDS and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last week, the Wisconsin Republican said in an interview with Fox News that Fauci was “using the exact same playbook” for the pandemic as during the AIDS crisis. Johnson said Fauci “ignores therapy, pushes vaccine”.
“He exaggerated it. He created all kinds of fears, saying it could affect the whole population when it didn’t, ”Johnson told Fox News host Brian Kilmeade in an interview with the occasion of World AIDS Day, December 1.
Fauci responded to Johnson’s claims during a Sunday morning appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper.
“How do you react to something as absurd as this?” Over-media coverage of AIDS? It has killed more than 750,000 Americans and 36 million people around the world, ”Fauci said. “How do you exaggerate that?” Too much covid? It has already killed 780,000 Americans and more than 5 million people around the world. I have no idea what he’s talking about.
Tapper pointed out during the interview that former President George W. Bush awarded Fauci the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work on the AIDS crisis. In 2008, Bush said Fauci had “led the fight against HIV and AIDS.”
Fauci has become a regular target for Republicans, dating back to his time coordinating with President Donald Trump’s White House to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases spoke with Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., About the origins of COVID-19 and with Representative Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, about the restrictions on to stop the spread of the virus.