Fauci claims credit for COVID vaccines: ‘Best decision I’ve ever made’

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Letters to the Editor — March 28, 2021

Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared to take credit for the development of the country’s COVID-19 vaccines — without ever mentioning the role of the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed campaign.

In a CNN special that aired Sunday, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said the “best decision” he made was fast-tracking efforts to produce a vaccine.

“When I saw what happened in New York City, almost overrunning of our health care system, it was like, ‘Oh my goodness,’” Fauci told CNN correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

“And that’s when it became very clear that the decision we made on January the 10th – to go all out and develop a vaccine – may have been the best decision that I’ve ever made with regard to an intervention as director of the institute.”

Trump announced in May that he was launching Operation Warp Speed to develop, manufacture and distribute a proven coronavirus vaccine as “fast as possible.”

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