(PatrioticPost.com)- Just one day after he admitted that the COVID-19 pandemic was over in the United States, Dr. Anthony Fauci walked back those comments.
On Tuesday, he said on PBS NewsHour:
“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.”
Those comments led the White House on a scramble. Jen Psaki, the press secretary for the White House, attempted to clarify Fauci’s comments a day later when she said:
“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 have measures that we should all continue to take to protect ourselves.”
It’s very likely that Fauci got quite a talking to from the higher-ups in the White House, and possibly even directly from President Joe Biden. Because just about 24 hours after his initial remarks about the pandemic being over, Fauci “clarified” what he said.
On Wednesday, he told NPR:
“I want to clarify one thing. I probably should have said the acute component of the pandemic phase, and I understand how that can lead to some misinterpretation.”
So, the pandemic phase is over, but it’s not over, then?
Fauci went on what appeared to be a media tour of clarification on Wednesday, too.
He told the Associated Press:
“We are in a different moment of the pandemic … [America has] decelerated and transitioned into more of a controlled phase … By no means does that mean the pandemic is over.”
And, to the Washington Post, he said:
“The world is still in a pandemic. There’s no doubt about that. Don’t anybody get any misinterpretation of that.”
This is yet another example of Fauci speaking out of turn, apparently. It isn’t the first time he’s walked back comments about different aspects of the pandemic.
Just last year, Fauci said that people would need to receive a booster shot to be considered “fully vaccinated.” Just days after that, he said the booster dose wouldn’t be necessary to be considered fully vaccinated.
He’s also said before that he believed passengers should have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to fly domestically, but changed his tune and said no one should expect a federal mandate like that to ever go into place.
Just this month, he even seemed to indicate that he believed every American should make their own choice about getting vaccinated, which is a far cry from what he’s repeated over the last two-plus years.
He said on “This Week” for ABC:
“This is not going to be eradicated, and it’s not going to be eliminated. And what’s going to happen is that we’re going to see that each individual is going to have to make their calculation of the amount of risk that they want to take.”