Last week, Dr. Anthony Fauci resigned from his position as the government’s leading authority on infectious diseases, but high-profile detractors like Twitter founder Elon Musk have continued to criticize him.
Despite the fact that their substance and significance are unknown, the rumored “Fauci Files,” which are believed to be internal Twitter records, will be released this week, Musk said in a tweet on Sunday.
“I don’t understand what [Musk] is saying. There’s a ton of false information, conspiracies, and false information out there, “explained Fauci. “I’m at a loss for words with him. I’m baffled by what he’s doing. Just unfortunate, really.”
Musk wrote in December, “My pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci,” and he claimed to have found correspondence between Twitter executives and government health authorities that dealt with how they handled the epidemic.
On this week’s edition of “The Takeout,” Fauci told CBS News top Washington reporter, Major Garrett, “I don’t have an idea of what he’s talking about.” It was Fauci’s first interview after resigning from his government position.
House Republicans, who will have the ability to subpoena witnesses in the next Congress, have declared their want to look into how the Biden administration handled the epidemic. As a result, Fauci, a conservative hot potato, is almost certainly going to be asked to testify.
Fauci said, “I would cheerfully do it without any trouble,” and he also mentioned that he intended to get legal counsel. “I have nothing to conceal, however. I might argue that everything I did was right.”
Fauci said that his family and himself are still receiving death threats. The U.S. Marshals continue to support him with a security detail at public money.
“I don’t want to spend my life with the knowledge that there will be others who are insane enough to wish to hurt me because of what I have done to save millions of lives. How could you even begin to comprehend anything like that? “he said.
Fauci is worried about the most recent COVID subvariant, XBB 1.5, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report is currently responsible for 41% of cases that have been identified.
As a result of the subvariant’s high contagiousness and people’s increased indoor activity during the winter, public health experts worry that the number of cases might rise quickly.
“Infections will increase in frequency. Additionally, there has been a little increase in hospital admissions “added Fauci. Although he admitted that many Americans today suffer from COVID exhaustion, he recommended they to be vaccinated and given a booster.
After China’s government loosened the strict COVID standards for the nation, the number of cases has increased. According to Fauci, there may have been a quarter billion infections in December alone, but exact numbers are hard to determine since the Chinese government is “extremely opaque” about disclosing statistics.
When asked whether he thought there should be limitations on Americans visiting China, Fauci replied, “I believe that there clearly is a place for that,” but he added that he would leave travel advice to the State Department.
Source: CBS News