Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Biden administration’s top health adviser, has drawn widespread criticism since rising to prominence in the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Much of that backlash has hinged on a perceived inconsistency in his guidance on mitigation measures such as face mask use — and he appeared to provide credence to those concerns in a statement he made this week.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and others have challenged the infectious disease expert on many occasions, claiming that support for mask mandates among vaccinated Americans is little more than political theater.
Fauci participated in a recent ABC News interview during which he admitted that he knew the risk of spreading the virus was “extremely low” among those who were fully vaccinated but nonetheless continued to wear a mask indoors.
“I didn’t want to look like I was giving mixed signals,” he acknowledged. “But being a fully vaccinated person, the chances of my getting infected in an indoor setting is extremely low.”
His remarks came on the heels of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statement updating mask-related guidelines for vaccinated Americans.
After repeatedly joining the chorus of experts and pundits urging Americans to “follow the science,” Fauci appears to have gone a different route by masking up after receiving his COVID-19 inoculation.
Washinton Examiner writer Kaylee McGhee White pointed out that Fauci not only ignored science but actually contributed to the spread of doubt about the efficacy of the vaccines. A few left-leaning media outlets have joined in voicing similar concerns.
Paul, who is also a medical doctor, challenged Fauci during a recent Senate hearing by asking whether or not mask use among vaccinated Americans was “just theater.”
At the time, Fauci suggested there was “good reason” for wearing face masks, particularly amid worries about possible variants of the virus.
Despite what struck many as a sound argument by the Kentucky Republican, Fauci and other prominent leftists continued to wear masks despite having been vaccinated.
In response to his handling of this and other issues, a number of Republicans are calling on President Joe Biden or Congress to oust Fauci from his lucrative and influential position.