White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci claimed Monday that he never recommended for nationwide lockdowns, which contradict remarks he made in 2020.
When asked on The Hill’s “Rising” whether he would still recommend shutting down schools and businesses given the known negative effects they’ve had, Fauci denied ever pushing for lockdowns.
“First of all, I didn’t recommend locking anything down…you’re talking about, the CDC is the public health agency that uses their epidemiologists and their science-based approach to make recommendations,” Fauci said.
FAUCI YESTERDAY: “I didn’t recommend locking anything down.”
FAUCI IN OCTOBER 2020: “I recommended to the president that we shut the country down.” pic.twitter.com/lvw59IBndA
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“Clearly, whenever you close schools, there are collateral effects that are negative. I have always been well aware of that.”
But in October 2020, Fauci had no problem recommending widespread lockdowns.
“I recommended to the president that we shut the country down,” Fauci had said, citing “community spread” that had not yet “exploded.”
“That was a difficult decision because I knew it would have serious economic consequences, which it did,” he said, adding that the lockdowns didn’t mitigate the spread of COVID because they supposedly weren’t harsh enough.