Anthony Fauci may have been sidelined from TV interviews but he’s still doing online conversations along with print pieces, such as an online cover story for InStyle.
On Thursday, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who has become the star expert during the coronavirus pandemic, spoke to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for a livestream interview that lasted nearly an hour.
It was Zuckerberg, though, who criticized the government’s response to the coronavirus crisis, as he referred to efforts by some in the Trump administration to undermine scientific guidance and Fauci himself.
“You might be quite generous in your description of the government’s response here. I was certainly sympathetic early on when it was clear that there would be some outbreaks, no matter how well we handle this,” Zuckerberg told Fauci. “Now that we are here in July, I just think that it was avoidable and it is really disappointing that we still don’t have adequate testing, that the credibility of top scientists like yourself and the CDC are being undermined. Until recently, parts of the administration were calling into question whether people should follow basic best practices like wearing masks.”
Zuckerberg has received criticism that the Facebook platforms have not taken greater steps to control misinformation on the Facebook platforms, particularly when it comes to some of the president’s comments.
In his interview with Zuckerberg, Fauci warned of the rising number of cases in southern states but otherwise did not criticize Trump and his team.
But he took issue with the notion that controlling the spread of the virus came at the expense of reopening the economy.
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