CDC head Dr. Anthony Fauci hasn’t just admitted to lying about how effective masks are to stopping or reducing the spread of COVID-19, he also just confessed to shifting the goalposts about herd immunity essentially stating his decision was made based on opinion polls. From The New York Times:
“Recently, a figure to whom millions of Americans look for guidance — Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, an adviser to both the Trump administration and the incoming Biden administration — has begun incrementally raising his herd-immunity estimate.
In the pandemic’s early days, Dr. Fauci tended to cite the same 60 to 70 percent estimate that most experts did. About a month ago, he began saying “70, 75 percent” in television interviews. And last week, in an interview with CNBC News, he said “75, 80, 85 percent” and “75 to 80-plus percent.”
In a telephone interview the next day, Dr. Fauci acknowledged that he had slowly but deliberately been moving the goal posts. He is doing so, he said, partly based on new science, and partly on his gut feeling that the country is finally ready to hear what he really thinks.
Hard as it may be to hear, he said, he believes that it may take close to 90 percent immunity to bring the virus to a halt — almost as much as is needed to stop a measles outbreak.”
Fauci claims he made these statements in order to reduce the panic about getting vaccines but it could have the opposite effect. Since his estimates, even according to epidemiologists, were too low it can give people a false sense of security. He’s not a politician, but a medical expert in which people rely on him to give the public facts about outbreaks, like the coronavirus.
Since Fauci was pushed into the spotlight resulting from the coronavirus outbreak, he should have turned away from any press coverage or remained silent while the president and others relayed information about the virus. If he was to conduct interviews, Fauci could preface his statements that it is not his intent to contradict the president but the data he has seen says otherwise and explain. However, he doesn’t and Fauci carries himself like an end-all-be-all expert,
Now, after the holidays and his admission, Fauci is predicting an even worse surge than before. In fairness, no matter what he said, the press would have probably twisted or latched on to Dr. Fauci’s statements in order to keep up the panic they generated. The only overall conclusion one can draw is that the media and Dr. Fauci intentionally lied thinking that the average person was too dumb or not important enough to know the facts in order to stay safe.