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Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared to admit last week that he has deliberately misled the public regarding the coronavirus — for the second time since the pandemic began.

In a Christmas Eve interview with the New York Times, Fauci acknowledged he had offered a lower estimate of the level of herd immunity necessary to stop the COVID-19 pandemic because he thought Americans would be discouraged by hearing his true thoughts on the issue. 

He recently raised his estimate on the herd immunity threshold “partly based on new science,” the newspaper reported, “and partly on his gut feeling that the country is finally ready to hear what he really thinks.” 

Fauci himself told the paper that he had withheld the higher estimates because polling results made him think such estimates would be viewed unfavorably. 

“When polls said only about half of all Americans would take a vaccine, I was saying herd immunity would take 70 to 75 percent,” he told reporter Donald McNeil. “Then, when newer surveys said 60 percent or more would take it, I thought, ‘I can nudge this up a bit,’ so I went to 80, 85.”

Fauci admitted that scientists “really don’t know what the real number is,” though he himself estimated that the “real range is somewhere between 70 to 90 percent.”

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10 thoughts on “The High Priest of Covid

  1. How’s it feel Phantom knowing you’re living your life at the instruction of opinion polls?

  2. indeed colm
    still its a petty mean , malice filled post would you agree
    the real new is worth folowing , notr this pathetic trolling

    MK Lighthouse lab
    @Biocentre_UK testing data showing a large increase in positive rate over the lest few days. New variant B117 stabilizing at ~80% of all new positives.

    this is without doubt a big problem for us colm esp you in london and moi living in london-by-the-sea

  3. //Well done Dr Fauci for admitting he isn’t infallible.//

    He didn’t say he made a mistake.
    The true range is, he says, between 70 and 90 percent. So both the figures he gave were within that band.
    What he admitted here is announcing two definite figures (between 70 and 90 pc) for herd immunity depending on how he thought the public would react.

    That isn’t very clean, but it’s no big deal either. How many people changed their behaviour because of the percentage figure for herd immunity? It isn’t really relevant at all; I’d say only very few people consider such a general figure in the context of the vaccine; most are, rightly, far more concerned about bringing infection within their family and work environments etc.

  4. He lied about this just as he lied about masks. The man is without a shred of personal or professional integrity.

    No, do not politicise this you ideologues.

    He is a clinician and physician who lied to the country about the epidemic it was experiencing. His position is untenable.

  5. Of course, people who bang on about Trump lying attempt to brush aside Fauci’s knowing lies. It’s all politics and ideology, all the time, for some people.

    We see you.

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