During an interview with the United States Department of Health (HHS) Learning Curve podcast, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that "anti-science" bias was responsible for much of the impact of the novel coronavirus on the United States.
"One of the problems we face in the United States is that there is unfortunately a combination of an anti-scientific tendency that makes people simple – for reasons that, as you know, are sometimes unimaginable and incomprehensible don't believe in science and they don't believe in authority, ”said Fauci.
He added, "So when you see someone in the White House who has some authority and talks about science, there are some people who just don't believe it – and that's unfortunate because, you know, science is truth. "
The virus has killed nearly 121,000 Americans so far, but that hasn't stopped many who were inspired by President Donald Trump from declaring it a "joke".
"It's sometimes amazing what rejection there is. It's the same thing that makes people anti-Vaxxers who don't want people vaccinated, even though the data clearly indicate vaccine safety," said Fauci. "This is really a problem."
Dr. Fauci noted that he was "cautiously optimistic" about a possible vaccine.
"What happens is that when you develop a standard vaccine, you don't invest in the next step until you're pretty sure the step you're in will work," he said. “Given the fact that we had to do this as quickly as possible without compromising security or scientific integrity, the federal government has teamed up with several of these companies and said, 'Guess we'll get there quickly and we'll do it Let's say we will be successful. And if so, we saved several months. If not, we have only lost money. But losing money is better than losing life by delaying the vaccine. “So the first data from the study showed this. I am cautiously optimistic that we can trigger a protective response. "
Dr. Fauci's comments come shortly after he advised the Americans not to attend Trump's planned rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma this weekend, citing concerns about the corona virus.
"I am in a risk category. I personally would not. Of course not," said 79-year-old Dr. Fauci.
The rally also contradicts the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which read: “Large personal gatherings where it is difficult for individuals to keep a minimum of 6 feet apart and participants from travel outside the region ”represents the highest risk of transmission of infections.