US Covid czar cracks joke about pandemic — Analysis
Anthony Fauci believed that coronavirus was not originated from China but rather from his kitchen.
Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser joked on Tuesday that it was he who concocted coronavirus in his kitchen, in an apparent attempt to mock the proponents of anti-science rhetoric that is still widespread in the United States.
Dr. Anthony Fauci met up with Dr. Larry Corey at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center campus, Seattle, Washington, to talk about the Covid-19 pandemic.
Corey, speaking to Covid czar mentioned that the event was taking place in Washington. “at the epicenter of the initial outbreak.”He was probably referring the the first instance of Covid-19 in the United States. It was brought by an American citizen who returned from Wuhan, China, where the virus is believed to originate, to Seattle.
Fauci replied with a joke. “No, I developed the ancestral model strain. I created it.”
“You let it loose,”Cory interrupted as the laughter broke out in the auditorium.
“I was in my kitchen, and…”Fauci, gesturing to indicate he’d dropped something, said the words.
A more serious note: The White House health advisor said that his team expects another spike in Covid-19-related cases this fall in the US. He expressed concern about misinformation being propagated about vaccines and coronavirus, as well as how the epidemic is approaching its third year.
“It’s still amazing to me that people can still hold onto such untruths. They have so much going on in their lives, that they just accept it as fact,”He said. “And all of a sudden, lying becomes normal.”
Meanwhile, not all of Fauci’s compatriots were amused by his remarks. “Quite the topic to find humorous,”A Twitter user laughed, while another person asked rhetorically “Why would he even joke about it?”
Fauci also received the honorary Hutch Award. It is typically given to players of professional baseball who are healthcare advocates. Fauci is the second such award to be given to a non-baseball athlete.
Before that, however, Biden’s adviser was also booed by baseball fans as he threw out the first pitch prior to the Seattle Mariners game against the New York Yankees. Fauci, a Yankees longtime fan, could have been one of the reasons why the greeting was so cold.
In mid-July, Fauci revealed that he intended to retire by the end of Joe Biden’s first term in office – January 2025 – or even sooner. Fauci also pledged to work on health issues after he leaves government service.
Fauci has been the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) – which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – since 1984. His role in leading the US coronavirus response has earned him a lot more media attention.
Rand Paul (Republican Senator) has been in conflict with Fauci, a veteran public health officer, repeatedly accusing him of lying to Congress about NIH participation in research at Institute of Virology, Wuhan. The senator went so far as to propose a bill that would abolish Fauci’s NIAID post, calling him “an unelected bureaucrat with far too much power.”
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