Fauci apologizes for suggesting UK rushed vaccine decision


America’s top infectious disease expert has apologized for suggesting U.K. authorities rushed their authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine, saying he has “great faith” in the country’s regulators

LONDON — America’s top infectious disease expert has apologized for suggesting U.K. authorities rushed their authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine, saying he has “great faith” in the country’s regulators.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, had sparked controversy with an earlier interview in which he said U.K. regulators hadn’t acted “as carefully” as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Fauci said late Thursday that he meant to say U.S. authorities do things differently than their British counterparts, not better, but his comments weren’t phrased properly.

“I do have great faith in both the

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  • White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said the U.K.’s review of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine was done in a “much less deep” way than would have been done by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • He said, “The FDA’s reviews are a “very, very stringent process of literally point-by-point, analyzing the data.”
  • The U.K. authorized Pfizer’s vaccine with BioNtech on Wednesday, becoming the first country to do so.



a man wearing a suit and tie: Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, attends a briefing by the White House coronavirus task force in the Brady press briefing room at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 19, 2020.


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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, attends a briefing by the White House coronavirus task force in the Brady press briefing room at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 19, 2020.

White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci criticized the U.K.’s authorization of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine, saying the review was done in a “much less deep” way than would have been done by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Fauci went on to defend the Food and Drug Administration, which he called “the gold standard of regulation,” and said the U.S. regulatory agency was carrying out its vaccine approval process “in a very careful way.”

Fauci lamented that Americans are already too skeptical of a potential vaccine, and said that if the U.S. “had jumped up over the hurdle here quickly and inappropriately to gain an extra week or a week-and-a-half” in the vaccine race, “I think that the credibility of our regulatory process would have been damaged.”

While the FDA takes time to review raw data from drugmakers and run its own analysis of trial results, the U.K. regulatory agency relies to a much greater extent on reports submitted by pharmaceutical companies without conducting its own independent checks.

“You know, I love the Brits. They’re great. They’re good scientists,” Fauci said. “But they just took the data from

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MacCallum pushes back against Fauci claim of misinterpreted lockdown threats


Fox News host Martha MacCallum pushed back against National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Dr. Anthony Fauci Wednesday after he claimed that the public has been “misunderstanding” the threat of additional lockdowns.

In an interview on “The Story”, Fauci was asked to respond to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who accused Fauci Tuesday of ignoring the data surrounding school closures and low coronavirus transmission rates among children.

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“First of all, that is totally incorrect that I refused to look at the data. I looked at all the data,” Fauci said. “And I have been saying for a considerable period of time that we should have as our default position getting the children back to school or keeping them in school.”

Fauci said he believes there is a “misunderstanding” surrounding the term “lockdown,” arguing that “when you 

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Fauci says Christmas and New Year’s restrictions will be necessary


Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, wears a protective mask during a news conference in the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said on Sunday that the U.S. is heading into a difficult period of the coronavirus pandemic and said current restrictions and travel advisories will be necessary for the Christmas holiday season.

“What we expect, unfortunately, as we go for the next couple of weeks into December, is that we might see a surge superimposed on the surge we are already in,” Fauci said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press”. “I don’t want to frighten people, except to say it is not too late to do something about this.”

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“It’s going to get worse over the next several weeks, but the actions that we take in the next several days will determine how bad it is or whether or not we continue to flatten our curve,” U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on Fox News on Sunday.

Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, warned that the number of coronavirus cases is “three, four, and 10 times” as high as it was during the second surge after Memorial Day weekend.

“It looked like things were starting to improve in our northern plain states, and now with Thanksgiving, we’re worried that all of that will be reversed,” Birx said on CBS News’s Face the Nation, adding that people need to “take it upon yourself to be restrictive” even in states that do not have regulations in place to curb the spread of the virus.

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Anthony S. Fauci wearing a suit and tie: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci is reflected in a video monitor behind him on stage as he listens to the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, April 8, 2020.


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“When you have the kind of inflection that we have, it doesn’t all of a sudden turn around like that,” said Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on ABC’s “This Week.”

“Clearly in the next few weeks, we’re gonna have the same sort of thing,” he told “This Week” co-anchor Martha

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The deadly reality of America’s bitter battle against coronavirus was obvious to families that gathered across the country for Thanksgiving dinner: There were empty seats around the table.

In Deer Park, New York, Vivian Zayas replaced a seat from the table at her home with her late mother’s walker. She scrolled through photos of last Thanksgiving, when her mother, Ana Martinez, who died in April of COVID-19, stood at the stove making a pot of rice and beans. 

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It took almost six weeks for the pandemic to claim the lives of 3,000 Americans. In the last week that number of COVID deaths – about the number of fatalities in the 9/11 terror attacks – has been taking place in U.S. homes, hospitals and hospices every two days.

News of impending vaccines has instilled hope the pandemic will pass into history within months. But the road to that brighter future continues to darken – in the last seven days, the nation recorded a weekly record with 1.2 million new infections. On Monday, the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients surpassed 85,000 for the first time.

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