I guess nobody gets to be happy this year.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, faced criticism on Sunday after claiming during an interview with CBS News that it was “too soon” to tell if people can get together with family and friends over Christmas.
Fauci made the remarks during an interview with CBS News’ Margaret Brennan on “Face The Nation” in response to the upcoming holiday.
“It’s just too soon to tell,” Fauci said when asked if people could gather for Christmas. “We’ve just got to [be] concentrating on continuing to get those numbers down and not try to jump ahead by weeks or months and say what we’re going to do at a particular time. Let’s focus like a laser on continuing to get those cases down. And we can do it by people getting vaccinated, and also in the situation where boosters are appropriate to get people boosted because we know that they can help greatly in diminishing infection and diminishing advanced disease, the kinds of data that are now accumulating in real time.”
Some of the top responses to Fauci included:
- Mary Katharine Ham, CNN: “He said at an Atlantic event this week that he rejects the idea that even moderate or mild COVID infection is okay when that’s exactly what we’re told is the purpose of vax (as opposed to preventing transmission entirely). His philosophy is not compatible with a free society.”
- Sean Parnell, U.S. Senate candidate: “Someone tell this guy that we celebrated Christmas together with our families last year & are going to do it again this year. Even Dr. Birx, at the height of the pandemic, blew him off & traveled to celebrate Thanksgiving with her family. Dr. Fauci, please just go away.”
- Stephen Miller, political commentator: “Fauci once again doesn’t differentiate between his own hypochondria and guidance of public health policy based on medical fact. See your families on Christmas. F*** this guy.”