According to Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci, former President Donald Trump deserves credit for vaccines that are currently being used to battle COVID-19, but went on to say that President Joe Biden and their predecessors.
“If you look at the real thing that made this work, the fundamental basic science that led to what’s being used right now that’s highly, highly successful, it transcends multiple administrations,” Fauci said during an appearance on CNN’s “New Day,” going on to point out that much of the research used to create the vaccines came about because of actions supported by presidents that go all the way back to former President Bill Clinton.
“There’s credit to go all around on this,” Fauci added.
His comments came after Biden, in a speech Wednesday, said that getting the virus is “not a partisan act” and pointed out that the science “was done under Democratic and Republican administrations.”
The first vaccines were “authorized under a Republican president,” said Biden, referring to Trump, but were “widely developed” and deployed “by a Democratic president,” referring to himself.
Fauci acknowledged that he believes it’s “well-deserved” to give Trump credit on the vaccines, and he’s believed that “all along.”
“I have never really done anything sharply critical at all of the Trump administration,” the infectious disease expert stated. “Not at all. And I’ve always given them credit. The idea of ‘Operation Warp Speed’ and the investment of that amount of money to get that amount of vaccines ready to go clearly is something that should be given as credit to the Trump administration. No doubt about that.”
Fauci also went on to say that the “prognosis is good” for the United States’s continued recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
“Now we’re below 20,000 per day on a weekly average,” he said. “That was highly predictable when you get more and more people vaccinated … the one thing we want to make sure is that we don’t declare victory prematurely and feel that because things are going in the right direction that we don’t have to keep vaccinating people.”
Fauci did go on to say there might be an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the coming weeks after the Memorial Day holiday, especially with mandates being lifted across the country, but added this won’t be uniform all across the country.
“If you look at the map of the percentage of people in different states that have reached a certain level of vaccinated people, if you have a very high percentage of people vaccinated, you’re not going to see a substantial blip.” he went on to say. “You may see a little, but not anything that even resembles the surge.”