Anthony Fauci, NIAID Director, chief Biden medical advisor, and frequent cable news guest, has tested positive for COVID-19.
Fauci is widely regarded as the US’ preeminent promoter of mask wearing and vaccine booster injections as methods of preventing infection by the COVID-19 virus.
“Today, Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and Chief Medical Advisor to President Biden, tested positive for COVID-19 on a rapid antigen test,” the NIH said in a statement. “He is fully vaccinated and has been boosted twice.”
“He is currently experiencing mild symptoms. Dr. Fauci will isolate and continue to work from his home,” the statement continued. “He has not recently been in close contact with President Biden or other senior government officials. Dr. Fauci will follow the COVID-19 guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and medical advice from his physician and return to the NIH when he tests negative.”
The frequent cable news guest admitted in May that he has “flip-flopped” on COVID policy, but argued that “it’s a good thing” and “the general public doesn’t fully understand that.”
Fauci made the comments during an interview with Detroit news outlet Local 4.
“You’ve basically been accused of flip-flopping on your positions. Can you clarify why some of those nuanced opinions are really important?” Fauci was asked.
“Yeah, what I can say, it’s a good thing,” Fauci insisted. “I have flip-flopped and the reason is because science and the evolution of this outbreak changes.
“If you are being true to the facts and true to the data, you’re going to have to change,” Fauci continued. “That’s not flip-flopping, that’s getting moving along with the science the way this outbreak is moving along. And it’s understandable how the general public doesn’t fully understand that.”