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Fauci says he never imagined Covid would kill a million Americans​

PUBLISHED TUE, NOV 22 20221:08 PM ESTUPDATED THU, NOV 24 20221:03 PM EST
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  • Nearly three years after Covid first arrived on America’s shores, Dr. Anthony Fauci said he never imagined that the pandemic would last so long and take so many lives.
  • Fauci is stepping down in December as head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases after nearly 40 years at the helm and as White House chief medical advisor.
  • He said at a White House briefing that it pains him to see people refuse the coronavirus vaccine for political reasons.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday reflected on the U.S. response to the Covid-19 pandemic in what was likely his last public briefing as the nation’s top infectious disease expert.

Nearly three years after Covid-19 first arrived on America’s shores, Fauci said he never imagined the pandemic would last so long and take so many lives.

“I did not imagine and I don’t think any of my colleagues imagined that we would see a three-year saga of suffering and death and a million Americans losing their lives,” Fauci, 81, told reporters during a Covid update at the White House.

Fauci is stepping down in December as head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases after nearly 40 years at the helm and as White House chief medical advisor.

He said the most disturbing feature of Covid was the evolution of multiple variants, which upended the U.S. response to the pandemic several times.

When challenged about mixed messages given to the public about the virus in the early days of the pandemic, Fauci said public health officials were dealing with an evolving outbreak.

Public health guidance changed because information about the virus changed from week to week and month to month, he said.

Initially health officials thought the virus spread from animals to humans, but subsequently learned it spread very well between people, Fauci said. It also became clear later that the virus was aerosolized and up to 60% of people spreading it had no symptoms at all, he said.

“The recommendations based on what you know in January, by the time you get to March, April and May — they will change,” Fauci said. “Understandably that leads to a question on the part of the public: Why do they keep changing things?”

Fauci said one of the most difficult parts of the pandemic for him was the politicization of public health under the Trump administration.

Noting that many people have refused to get the Covid vaccine for ideological reasons, Fauci said, “As a physician, it pains me because I don’t want to see anybody get infected, I don’t want to see anybody hospitalized and I don’t want to see anybody die from Covid.”

“Whether you’re a far-right Republican or a far-left Democrat, it doesn’t make any difference to me,” he said. “I look upon it the same way as I did in the emergency room in the middle New York City when I was taking care of everybody who was coming in off the street.”

Though Covid deaths have declined dramatically, the virus is still killing more than 300 people a day on average, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Public health officials have said those who are dying are primarily elderly or other vulnerable individuals who are not up to date on their vaccines or are not receiving treatment after breakthrough infections.

Fauci called on Americans to get a Covid booster to protect their health ahead of another expected surge of infection this winter as people travel and gather for the holidays.

For decades Fauci was respected on both sides of the political aisle, but he became a lightening rod for many conservatives as the response to the pandemic became increasingly politicized under former President Donald Trump.

House Republicans, who now have a majority after the midterm elections, have vowed to launch an investigation into the origins of the pandemic and call on Fauci to testify.

Fauci on Tuesday said he would cooperate fully: “If there are oversight hearings I absolutely will cooperate fully and testify before the Congress. I have no trouble testifying — we can defend and explain everything that we’ve said.”

 

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China has 4 times of US population, if China handled Covid as " successfully" as US did, at least over 4 millions Chinese would have already died.

And when this is over - Chances are China will still lose those 4million anyway - all China is doing - is delaying the day of reckoning. Covid is here to stay - it is never going away.
 

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And when this is over - Chances are China will still lose those 4million anyway - all China is doing - is delaying the day of reckoning. Covid is here to stay - it is never going away.
Just your delusional dream, and UK might well be wiped out then.
 

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And when this is over - Chances are China will still lose those 4million anyway - all China is doing - is delaying the day of reckoning. Covid is here to stay - it is never going away.
China actually had already successfully dodged a bullet, now the covid is becoming much less deadly and researchers became much familiar with this virus , many vaccines , drugs and treatments are available, even China opens up now, the virus won't devastate China like it did to US and India.
 

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China actually had already successfully dodged a bullet, now the covid is becoming much less deadly and researchers became much familiar with this virus , many vaccines , drugs and treatments are available, even China opens up now, the virus won't devastate China like it did to US and India.

Then what is the explanation for the recent social unrest due to Covid in China?
 

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Then what is the explanation for the recent social unrest due to Covid in China?
I already said it is bad, I want the government to at least ease some of the draconian restrictions, there's no perfect harmless solution for this covid shit, I think now it's time to try a new option. As for Americans, they never have the luxury of having more than one options to start with.
 

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I already said it is bad, I want the government to at least ease some of the draconian restrictions, there's no perfect harmless solution for this covid shit, I think now it's time to try a new option. As for Americans, they never have the luxury of having more than one options to start with.

But we have no social unrest over Covid in USA. :D
 

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LOL,,,,,of course , dead people don't riot and you have other riots which Chinese doesn't have

Right, that is all the useless whataboutery you got? That was not over Covid, since this thread is about how USA lost a million people due to Covid. And China is now having massive social unrest due to Covid. So who is more successful over controlling Covid? :D
 

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Right, that is all you got? That was not over Covid, since this thread is about how USA lost a million people due to Covid. And China is now having massive social unrest due to Covid. So who is more successful over controlling Covid? :D
Of course you are moe successful in controlling covid, you even changed your life expectancy due to covid, what a remarkable success! No other countries pulled off this unrivaled miracle.
 

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Of course you are moe successful in controlling covid, you even changed your life expectancy due to covid, what a remarkable success!

But there is no widespread social unrest in USA over Covid. :D

Wait, when will you start denying this news too, just like in the other thread that disappeared? "There is no social unrest in China over Covid!" :lol:
 

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But there is widespread social unrest in USA over Covid. :D

Wait, when will you start denying this news too, just like in the other thread that disappeared? "There is no social unrest in China over Covid!" :lol:
When did I say there's no social unrest in China? I regular post social unrest including "nail houses" and protests in China, it's you or the western media tries to portray an image that anything against the government is not allowed in China, if you say something against the Chinese governmet or XI, you will be thrown into prison or simply shot on the spot, that's you and the western media claimed, not me.
 

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When did I say there's no social unrest in China? I regular post social unrest including "nail houses" and protests in China, it's you or the western media tries to portray an image that anything against the government is not allowed in China, if you say something against the Chinese governmet or XI, you will be thrown into prison or simply shot on the spot, that's you and the western media claimed, not me.


LOL. Please read my post again. I asked WHEN will you start denying this?

Oh wait, now Chinese social unrest is proof of their newly found freedom but the Jan 06 riots in USA are not? Hardly.
 

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LOL. Please read my post again. I asked WHEN will you start denying this?

Oh wait, now Chinese social unrest is proof of their newly found freedom but the Jan 06 riots in USA are not? Hardly.
I never said US doesn't have certain freedom, it's US always accuses China of no having. all countries have their own issues, neither US nor China are exceptions.
 

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