Fauci Says Trump Listened To His Advice About Coronavirus Mitigation
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[Fauci Says Trump Listened To His Advice About Coronavirus Mitigation]
[Dr. Fauci:] Source: LYBIO.net
Thank you Mr. President. Just one – a couple of things and then I just want to make a comment about something that happened yesterday. You’re going to hear from Dr. Birx soon about the numbers that we’ve been talking about, how things are starting to balance off.
And I think the more as we go by each day, I think we’re going to see, and again, I never like to get ahead of myself, or of Dr. Birx.
But it looks like even though we’ve had a really bad week last week, remember when I was speaking to you before I was saying this was really a bad week.
There’s still going to be a lot of deaths, but we’re starting to see in some areas now that flattening, particularly in a place that was a hot spot like New York.
That’s the first thing.
The second thing is that I had a really very, very productive conversation with the Congressional Black Caucus this morning for about an hour. And they really wanted to know what exactly are we going to be doing in the immediate, as well as the long range about the health disparities and the discrepancies both in infection and in poor outcome in the minorities in general, specifically African American. And I mean, made it very clear to them that what we have to do is focus on getting the resources where the vulnerable are to be able to get testing done, to be able to get the appropriate identification where proper and where appropriate to isolate and contact trace if we can.
But also to help mitigate in a community that is suffering and suffering much more disproportionately.
So I just wanted to get that to the way.
The other point I wanted to make is that I, I had an interview yesterday that I was asked a hypothetical question.
And hypothetical questions sometimes can get you into some difficulty, because it’s what would have, or could have.
The nature of the hypothetical question was, if in fact we had mitigated earlier, could lives have been saved?
And the answer to my question was as I always do and I’m doing right now perfectly honestly say, “Yes.” Obviously, if you mitigation helps. I’ve been up here many times telling you that mitigation works.
So if mitigation works and you instigate it and you initiate it earlier, you will probably have saved more lives.
If you initiated it later, you probably would have lost more lives.
You initiate it at a certain time. That was taken as a way that may be somehow something was at fault here.
So let me tell you from my experience, and I can only speak from my own experience, is that we had been talking before any meetings that we had, about the pros and the cons, the effectiveness, or not of strong mitigations.
So discussions were going on mostly among the medical people about what that would mean.
The first and only time that Dr. Birx, I went in and formally made a recommendation to the president to actually have a “shutdown”, in the sense of not really shut down, but to really have strong mitigation.
We discussed it.
Obviously there would be concern by some that in fact that might have some negative consequences.
Nonetheless, the president listened to the recommendation and went to the mitigation.
The next second time that I went with Dr. Birx into the president and said, “15 days are not enough. We need to go 30 days.”
Obviously there were people who had a problem with that because of the potential secondary effects.
Nonetheless, at that time, the president went with the health recommendations, and we extended it another 30 days.
So I can only tell you what I know and what my recommendations were.
But clearly as happens all the time, there were interpretations of that response to a hypothetical question, that I just thought it would be very nice for me to clarify because I didn’t have the chance to clarify. Thank you.
You know what, to be honest with you, I don’t even remember what the date was. But I can just tell you the first and only time that I went in and said, “We should do mitigation strongly.” The response was, “Yes, we’ll do it.”
And what did he do? Was that the travel restrictions?
No. The travel restriction is separate. That was whether or not we wanted to go into a mitigation stage of 15 days of mitigation.
The travel was another recommendation when we went in and said, “We probably should be doing that.” And the answer was yes.
And then another time was, “We should do it with Europe.” And the answer was yes.
And the next time, “We should do it with the UK.” And the answer was yes.
In this interview, you said there was pushback.
Where did that pushback come from?
No, it wasn’t. That was the wrong choice of words. You know, what it was when people discuss, not necessarily in front of the president, when people discuss, they say, “Well, this is going to have maybe a harmful effect on this, or on that.” So it was a poor choice of words. There wasn’t anybody saying, “No, you shouldn’t do that.”
Are you doing this voluntarily, or did the president –
No, I’m doing it…. Everything I do is voluntarily. Please. Don’t even imply that.
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