Dr. Anthony Fauci stated that comments he made about whether it was safe to gather for Christmas were “misrepresented.”
Fauci stated Sunday that it was “too soon to tell” whether people will be able to gather for Christmas during the coronavirus pandemic.
“I will be spending Christmas with my family. I encourage people, particularly the vaccinated people who are protected, to have a good, normal Christmas with your family,” he stated Monday.
FAUCI: ‘TOO SOON TO TELL’ IF YOU CAN GATHER FOR CHRISTMAS
Is it OK to gather Christmas? Or is it too early to know? He was questioned Sunday.
“You know … It’s just too soon to tell,” said Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden. “We’ve just got to [concentrate] on continuing to get those numbers down and not try to jump ahead by weeks or months and say what we’re going to do at a particular time.”
These comments provoked a backlash from Republicans and Fauci critics on social media as well as in the press.
“Nothing’s going to stop us from getting together,” said former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. “People should just be prudent.”
Fauci stated Monday that Biden’s top physician was not talking about the possibility of gatherings, but the overall pandemic situation in December
“The best way to assure that we’ll be in good shape as we get into the winter would be to get more and more people vaccinated,” he stated.