Fauci Explains What Biden ‘Really Meant’ About The Pandemic

President Joe Biden announced on a “60 Minutes” interview that “The pandemic is over,” the next day, however, Anthony Fauci walked that statement back as he tried to qualify the president’s remarks and speak for him instead.

Fauci is Biden’s top COVID-19 adviser that announced his impending retirement, but before he could officially leave the public spotlight, he spoke with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to discuss Biden’s statement.

Fauci noted that there are still more than 400 deaths daily in the U.S.due to COVID-19, and while those numbers are down from a year ago they are still significant.

Trying to qualify Biden’s remarks, Fauci said, “What he really meant is that the very severe stage of the pandemic of having … 3,000 deaths a day — that stage is no longer present…people should not be cavalier that we’re out of the woods.”

When you compare Fauci’s words with what Biden actually said, however, Fauci is doing more than “walking back” the president’s announcement, he is saying that he was wrong without saying “He was wrong.” This is what Biden actually said: “The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID, we’re still doing a lot of work on it. But the pandemic is over.”

Biden did say that there is still a problem with COVID which means that he was not advocating forgetting about it completely. But both conservatives and liberals noted that Biden went too far in saying that it was over, noting that his words were irresponsible and misleading.

Fauci told CSIS, “We are not where we need to be if we’re going to be able to, quote, ‘live with the virus,’ because we know we’re not going to eradicate it.”

Fauci went on to argue for a more uniform response from Americans stating that he believes that more variants will arise and cause unpredictable consequences.

“How we respond and how we’re prepared for the evolution of these variants is going to depend on us and that gets to the other conflicting aspect of this — is the lack of a uniform acceptance of the interventions that are available to us in this country,” is how Fauci described it in a slightly veiled attempt to show Biden’s mistake.