Don’t blame him: Fauci says he had nothing to do with closing the schools during pandemic

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In an interview with ABC News, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s chief infectious disease officer, said it was not his fault that schools closed during the Covid pandemic. It’s a message he’s been trying to get out during his last few weeks on the job, as he plans to resign at the end of the year. He did admit, however, that the school closures have had some negative effects on children.

Fauci, who heads up the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and who has been the nation’s top adviser on Covid policy during the Trump and Biden Administrations, was asked by an ABC News reporter if it was a mistake for schools to be closed for as long as they were in 2020 and 2021. A national report shows that since then, reading scores for 9-year-olds fell five points on average, the largest drop in more than 30 years. Math scores fell seven points in 2022, compared to 2020. Average math scores fell seven points in 2022 compared to scores in 2020, the first drop ever recorded by the Department of Education, according to a study released last month.

“I don’t want to use the word ‘mistake,’ … because if I do, it gets taken out of the context that you’re asking me the question on,” Fauci replied. “We should realize, and have realized, that there will be deleterious collateral consequences when you do something like that.” 

Fauci went on to say that he never said the schools should close down and that he always advised officials must do “everything we can to keep the schools open. No one plays that clip. They always say ‘Fauci was responsible for closing schools.’ I had nothing to do [with it]. I mean, let’s get down to the facts,” said Fauci.

In July of 2020, Fauci told the American Federation of Teachers union that there could not be a one-size-fits-all solution for schools to reopen.

“What might be good in one county, one region, one city, one state, might not be the same for all …. The default situation should be that we should try— to the best of our ability—to get the children back to school,” he said then, acknowledging the “unintended ripple effects” for families, including how the social isolation caused by school closings had been hard particularly on children.

At the same time, he advised that “paramount among all of this is the safety, the health and the welfare of the children, of the teachers, of the school personnel and … the families of those people.”

Because many young people are asymptomatic, “people will not know they are infected,” said Fauci in 2020, and that schools would need to have the availability of testing for children and contact tracing to respond quickly when someone becomes sick.

School closures were the result of state and local policies, and also union pressure, and were not directed by the White House. However, local officials leaned on the direction and clues given by experts like Fauci and the heads of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield under President Donald J. Trump and Rochelle P. Walensky under President Joe Biden.

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  1. Fauci’s rule: If it’s not expressly verboten, then it’s permitted. Fauci played on that, knowing that state, local governments and the public unions were most likely to infer that the most draconian control measures were permitted. They were!
    Fauci and the CDC could have been more transparent, but they must have had their own dogs in the fight. Fauci’s waffling made matters worse, and opened the floodgates to everything that happened. The still experimental mRNA shots for babies?
    Control freaks are occupying America. It was, and still is all about control, and it helped the far left further their communist agenda.

  2. Dr Fauci thinks Americans will continue to believe what he says. He definitely is seen on tape on a news media recommending school closures. He is still making money on the vaccines etc. His mandates, in my opinion, have been the greatest disaster to this entire country in recent years. My advice is: Get out of our lives Dr, Fauci, you have damaged our family life for years to come.

  3. Omgud! Em! I not surprised?
    Fauci? backtracking! Yourself?
    This is makin me sick! And the crap! We went through! I’m sorry! But I want him On A oak tree! I know delete that! Just my honest truth!

  4. Oh Yeah? Read this about his flipping and flopping on COVID-19 regarding schools opening/closing.

    ‘https://www.americanexperiment.org/dr-fauci-flip-flops-on-school-closures-now-urges-schools-to-reopen/

  5. A little weasel with a medical license to kill people for his own experimentation. Not unlike what the Nazi docs did to the Jews 85 years ago.

  6. You know, the worst and most damaging outcome of this whole debunkable covid bullcrap is that Dr Faki and the CDC have lost all credible influence with me. I’ll never believe them when they come and say that the next variant of covid is going to be bigger and badder and nobody is going to avoid it unless ya take the jab!!! The sky is falling!!! The sky is falling!!!!

  7. What motivated him? Money and prestige (he needed humans for that). Where did he go to repair his soul and brag?. Oh, he had uptown adjacent sleezeball wainscoting parlers with exposed plumbing painted black. He had a large tab but was unbearable anyway. He thought highly of Swizzieland. And Argentina. He had a costle in Swizzieland. The Karen’s who were comforted and lead by him (so they could do their leading too) didn’t know that. But he did. What the hell would an unbearable bore do in a costle in Swizzieland. PRESTIGE. I suppose in his “circle (s)” being CGI in front of stooges bookcase is a cut above – nothing. But not by much. He gave a good scathing.

  8. Fauci and his mini-me, Birx were all for the CCP lockdown approach to COVID. Birx proudly writes about it in her book, naming Fauci as her co-conspirator. Cheers –

  9. Regardless, you can’t take away the fact that the warden in my town who was 54 years died from covid and no he did not get the shot. He might have died anyway with the shot. I don’t have that information. Was covid a manufactured illness? Was it something to happen naturally because somebody ate a squirrel or something in China? Did millions of people die with it or because of it? I don’t know the answers to these and I don’t know anyone on here that does. I got covid after my first shot, and I can honestly say that I’ve been sicker with colds than I was with this. I can also tell you that after five shots now I’m not growing a sixth toe on my right foot, my teeth aren’t falling out and I’m not going blind. I have multiple high risk health situations and don’t want to risk not getting the shot just in case. If and when my card is punched, I’d like to be able to say I did everything I could to lengthen my life. Flame away if you must. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

    • You have every right to get as many shots as you want, but would you agree that I and others have the same right to NOT get the shots?

        • The shots don’t stop anyone from being infectious – even the CDC has finally admitted that one. And, no, you don’t have the “right” for me to do anything, but you have the right to take it upon yourself to “stay the hell away from me” if you for any reason feel I am a threat to your health or safety.

        • This is somewhere between naive and outright stupid. With a massive side dish of entitlement. The world does not spin on your paranoia.

          Your rights end where someone else’s begin. You have less than zero rights to inflict your paranoia on someone else. If you are immune compromised it’s your responsibility, not anyone else’s, to manage your risk.

          Further, if you attempt to inflict your perceived rights on someone else, that person has the right, maybe even the obligation, to defend themselves and their rights against you.

          A polite way of saying stay home if you’re scared. Perhaps a visit to a mental health professional might be in order.

        • Greg, normally I agree with you for the most part, but… not on this.
          No one holds any responsibility for ensuring you do not get ill. That is 100% your responsibility.
          .
          Nope. Do not agree at all.
          .
          I hold ZERO responsibility for your health. Yes, there is a social responsibility, and I will not go out in public if I have the flu, a cold, or COVID. I am conscience of that. But… you do not have a right of any kind to restrict my free movement.

        • “I have the right to protect myself if I feel My life is threatened.”
          Correct. You do.
          What form will that protection take? Will you commit a violent act? Or will you vacate the area? Very different actions.
          .
          “No. As typhoid Mary, you have the duty to stay away from people.”
          As a matter of social norms, maybe, but as a matter of “rights” nope. There is no right ascribed to you that negates rights ascribed to others. If you have the right to free movement among others, so does everyone else alive. If that bothers you, sorry, stay away from public places. Do not pretend for a second that your desire to avoid contact with sick people means others should be restricted.

        • Greg – likewise for me. I choose to stay the hell away from the vaccinated who data has shown are carrying a much higher viral Covid load than the unvaccinated and have no qualms about sharing that Covid with their neighbors!

  10. This is nothing new for Tony. One merely has to look back at his handling of the AIDS situation back in the 80’s to see his game plan.
    Fauci wouldn’t recognize the benefit of the many “cocktail” therapeutics then in use with favorable results in combatting the disease. Similar to the situation we saw these last few years with the denial of therapeutics to those infected despitesimilar results. Tony relied on his pals over at Pfizer to come up with the cures. (think big $$)
    Oddly enough back in the eighties when asked by members of Congress if he , Tony, would take the therapeutics then in use that he had denied others if he had AIDS.. his answer was YES!

    You were had!

  11. Dr. Scott Atlas was the doctor on the WH coronavirus response team that said don’t close the schools, don’t lock down, don’t mask, don’t mass vaccinate. He stood out against Fauci anf Birx as a rational man and knowledgable doctor, but was not listened to. I with Trump had trusted him over Fauci and Birx. Hindsight is …2020

  12. Classic deflection. Fauci says, “I didn’t have any authority over anything, I just gave my opinion,” which is technically true but fails to account for the enormous influence his opinion had. At the same time, our elected leaders tell us, “Don’t blame us, we were just following The Science(TM)” which, since Fauci himself claimed to be science personified, basically means they were just following whatever Fauci said. In this way no one is responsible for anything, and everyone walks away smiling (except, of course, the general public).

  13. Isn’t this a bit late? Regardless of what he said, he did have quarantines and masking. Children committed suicides, people died, Innocent Sports atheletes are dying in droves due to the vaxxs. Businesses died, never to return, Our whole economy dived, never to return to what it was.

  14. “I am the science,” spouted Dr Fraudci as he gained power and the Left gave him deity-type status. I knew this guy was a fraud from day one. I still remember him at a baseball game during the mask mandate…no mask, talking, laughing, eating, drinking. “I didn’t have a mask on because I was dehydrated,” he replied in a feeble attempt to save face. This guy and the CDC can never be trusted again.

  15. Our government, the media health official all lied and explotited the truth about CORVID-19 so called deadly vaccine
    Many Americans swallow this their BS hook line and SINKER. The government media health officials were all yelling
    SHEEP ON SHEEP ON

  16. A movie comes out Tuesday for free streaming that will help expose this evil person. Then, I hope he is eventually investigated for crimes against humanity.

    ‘https://www.therealanthonyfaucimovie.com/trailer/

  17. He is wisely building his legal offense for what is coming. He is a dirtball. When the truth is exposed, he will be hiding, like he had Americans hiding from this manufactured virus that he was party to. I hope he is comfortable living in China.

  18. The paranoia over Covid is insane.

    It’s a freaking bad cold for most people. Some die. Same as any other illness.
    Gotta give the Chinese credit. One bug and they brought down the west.

  19. I hope Congress investigates and criminally prosecuted this pathological liar & sociopath after the midterms. It would be a travesty of justice were he be allowed to slither away into retirement with his ill-gotten gains.

  20. I hope Congress investigates and criminally prosecutes this pathological liar & sociopath after the midterms. It would be a travesty of justice were he be allowed to slither away into retirement with his ill-gotten gains.

  21. Watch ‘https://www.therealanthonyfaucimovie.com and decide for yourself. This movie is free for the next 10 days only. Help spread the word.

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