Dr. Fauci Opens Up About Origins Of COVID Virus
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, joined SiriusXM Doctor Radio's "Doctor Radio Reports" and spoke with host Dr. Marc Siegel about the idea of an Omicron-specific booster and next-generation vaccines, responds to personal attacks and says how they're distracting from important questions. He also opened up about how villainizing him and other scientists endangers lives, and goes on to clarify his position about the origins of the COVID-19 virus. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.
Dr. Fauci Opens Up About The Origins Of The COVID-19 Virus
"We always have to keep an open mind on this Marc, as always, but if you talk to the real card carrying molecular virologists and molecular viral genesists they feel that the evidence and the circumstances weigh very, very strongly that this is a natural occurrence in the sense of jumping from an animal species, a bat, maybe to an intermediate host, to a human. Very similar to what was proven to be the case with SARS CoV1, as well as with MARS, with the bat to the camel, to the human. Again but you always have to keep an open mind that it could have been something that had been put into a lab to be studied and perhaps leaked out. But most, if not all, of the real card carrying virologists feel that it was a naturally occurring out of the environment from an animal to a human," said Dr. Fauci.
Dr. Fauci Talks About The Idea Of An Omicron-Specific Booster & Next-Generation Vaccines
"As you know, Pfizer has already initiated studies that are multi-tiered. There's one that takes people who've been fully vaccinated with the standard mRNA and boosting them with either the standard mRNA or an Omicron specific boost. In another set of studies, they're gonna use Omicron as the primary vaccination and those who've not been vaccinated to see what the relative capability of Omicron boost versus standard boost to enhance the response. That's what's going on with Omicron specific boost. Your first question about where do we go now with different platforms? There's a big effort, and I'm gonna be talking about this tomorrow at the White House press conference is the efforts that we're putting in to develop a pan-coronavirus vaccine, which is gonna be multiphasic. It's not gonna be trying to get a vaccine against all the coronaviruses all at once, but start with a vaccine that covers all the different variants of SARS CoV2. And then get a pan-sarbecovirus which includes SARS CoV1 and SARS CoV2..a lot of activity that's going on in that regard," he said.
Dr. Fauci Opens Up About How Villainizing Him & Other Scientists Endangers Lives
"It's unfortunate Marc, as you well know, you've known me for decades. The only thing that I care about, that I've devoted my entire professional career, including the almost 40 years that I've been director of NIAID is to get the basic and clinical science to work for the safety and the health of the American public. And since the United States is a leader in the world, indirectly, we do it for the rest of the world. It is very unfortunate the distraction of those who would politicize me by saying things that just don't make any sense, Marc because the only thing I talk about out is things like getting vaccinated, getting boosted, wearing a mask, getting us to do the research, to be able to get interventions. And for that, by some people I've been villainized. I don't quite get that, except that that's the hard knocks of being in a situation that's become politicized. It's so unfortunate that in our era now, where we're all trying to fight against a common enemy, which is the virus, that some people use that for political purposes. And that's really unfortunate because that does nothing, but endanger the lives of our citizens," he said.
Dr. Fauci Opens Up About Personal Attacks & How They're Distracting From Important Questions
"Well, it's unfortunate. Of course it doesn't feel good, Marc. It doesn't make any sense. It's purely political. And then I feel worse about, I feel less worried about the attacks on me than I feel about the politicization of a pure public health issue. We should not be doing that. We should be all pulling together to end this pandemic rather than making it ad hominems, which are really preposterous. I mean, you've seen them, those at the hearings and other places where instead of asking questions that are important questions about where we're going with the outbreak, it becomes pure ad hominem, which of course doesn't feel good, but it doesn't make any sense either" he said.
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