Dr Anthony Fauci has again claimed that people who criticize him for his COVID-19 ‘flip-flopping’ are actually condemning science itself.
The White House coronavirus tsar struck a cranky tone in an upcoming New York Times podcast interview, where he claimed any changes in his recommendations were solely based on evolving data as the COVID crisis continued.
Fauci said: ‘It is essential as a scientist that you evolve your opinion and your recommendations based on the data as it evolves…
‘And that’s the reason why I say people who then criticize me about that are actually criticizing science.
‘The people who are giving the ad hominems are saying, “Ah, Fauci misled us. First he said no masks, then he said masks.”
‘Well, let me give you a flash. That’s the way science works. You work with the data you have at the time.’
Fauci, 80, initially told Americans not to worry about wearing face masks early in the COVID crisis in spring 2020. He later became a huge supporter of public masking, and claimed his early dismissal of face coverings had been to try and conserve then-tight supplies for medical staff.