No doubt, coronavirus has affected a lot of lives and activities across the world. With schools, events, religious and social gatherings all suspended, we only hope that the government can come up with a nice plan to stop the spread of the virus. However, amid the government’s efforts to make things go back to normal, there have been a lot of dramas in the White House. Most times, it’s between the US president and some health officials. One that is recently causing a stir on the internet is Trump vs Fauci disagreements.
In this post, we’ll be talking about some of the Trump vs Fauci disagreements, including the latest one on schools reopening. However, before we go into that, let’s have a quick look at one or two things about Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Who is Anthony Fauci?
Anthony Fauci, 79, is a physician that served a five-decade-long career with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in various capacities. He focuses his research on the human immune system and related diseases.
Between 1996 and 2006, Fauci was the 10th most cited HIV/AIDS researcher across the world. Also, between 1983 and 2002, he was the 13th most-cited researcher among over 2.5 million authors across the world. Furthermore, since 1984, Fauci has been working as the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). He has also worked with six different presidential administrations in the United States so far.
So, without a doubt, the immunologist has a lot of experience when it comes to viruses.
Trump vs Fauci disagreements include opening of schools
One of the Trump vs Fauci disagreements can be seen in the latest report on school reopening.
On Wednesday, President Trump called on governors across the country to discuss how to reopen schools in their various states. In an interview with him, Trump said: “he thinks schools across the country should reopen.”
“Our country’s got to get back and it’s got to get back as soon as possible. And I don’t consider our country coming back if the schools are closed.”
However, Dr. Fauci has come out to warn the country about the possible dangers attached to reopening schools now. He told the Senate panel that a Vaccine wouldn’t be available at the time of reopening schools. Here’s a brief of what he said:
“We don’t know everything about this virus and we really better be pretty careful, particularly when it comes to children. The idea of having treatments available or a vaccine to facilitate the reentry of students into the fall term would be something that would be a bit of a bridge too far.”
Furthermore, Fauci said he’s a little bit concerned about the safety of the students, suggesting that a high level of testing should be put in place, before opening schools.
Although Fauci didn’t totally disagree with Trump’s plan, the President has accused him of wanting to play all sides of the equation.
The president further added that he’s not accepting any advice from Fauci concerning his plan to reopen schools. That’s because the coronavirus pandemic has had little or no effect on young people so far.
Trump vs Fauci – other disagreements
Another one of the Trump vs Fauci disagreements came up when Trump planned to reopen the economy on May 1.
Recall that Trump said in a briefing in the White House that he’s planning to reopen the economy in May. However, Fauci disagreed with him, urging the president to rethink the move.
In an interview, Fauci said: “We need to put something in place that is efficient and that we can rely on, and we’re not there yet,”
Also, among many other Trump vs Fauci disagreements is the one that happened in March. At that time, the President came out to promote the effectiveness of both hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, to cure coronavirus. However, Dr. Fauci didn’t agree with the president on it. The immunologist explained that there’s only anecdotal proof that the drugs may be effective.
“The president feels optimistic about something, has feelings about it,” said Dr. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, emphasizing that he was a scientist. I am saying it may be effective.” Says Fauci.