Fauci denies responsibility for school closures in interview after recommending lockdown policies

Outgoing White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci denied responsibility for school closures during the pandemic, insisting in an interview on Sunday he had “nothing to do” with it.

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the government’s chief spokesman during the COVID-19 pandemic, was asked by ABC News’ Jonathan Karl whether it was a “mistake” to keep schools closed for as long as they were.

“I don’t want to use the word ‘mistake,’ Jon, because if I do, it gets taken out of the context that you’re asking me the question on,” Fauci replied. “And I don’t want to do that because that’s just happened too many times over the last years with me.”

Asked if the country paid “too high a price” with the government’s pandemic response, Fauci said, “We should realize, and have realized, that there will be deleterious collateral consequences when you do something like that.” – READ MORE