By: Konrad Holden
On Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the NIAID and the government’s most outspoken voice on COVID-19, said that we are “certainly, right now, in this country out of the pandemic phase.” Then on Wednesday, he backtracked and said, “by no means does that mean the pandemic is over.” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has also helped Fauci backtrack his initial statement.
Despite all the change since March of 2020, when the first lockdowns happened, one thing has remained constant: bureaucrats have flip-flopped on the extent, the danger, and the solutions for the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the middle of it all has been Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
On Tuesday, he began to ring the bell that the pandemic is over. In an interview with PBS NewsHour, he made a comment to that effect. “Here we are. It’s the end of April. It’s the spring of 2022. How close are we to the end of the pandemic?” the interviewer asked. Fauci responded, “We are certainly, right now, in this country out of the pandemic phase.”
Then on Wednesday, he realized his mistake and began doing rounds at media outlets to reverse his claim. First, he told the Associated Press that “We are in a different moment of the pandemic… by no means does that mean the pandemic is over.”
Then he told the Washington Post that “the world is still in a pandemic. There’s no doubt about that. Don’t anybody get any misinterpretation of that.”
White Press Secretary Jen Psaki also circled the wagons around Fauci, saying, “Well, what Dr. Fauci was saying is that we are in a different phase of this pandemic, and that’s absolutely true. We also know COVID isn’t over and the pandemic isn’t over.”
“We are certainly, right now, in this country out of the pandemic phase. Namely, we don’t have 900,000 new infections a day and tens and tens and tens of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths. We are at a low level right now. So, if you’re saying, are we out of the pandemic phase in this country, we are.” - Dr. Anthony Fauci