WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci has some new coronavirus guidance: “Do what you’re told.”
In an interview Thursday, the coronavirus task force member and infectious disease expert pushed back on the notion that scientists were “authoritarian” for promoting strict lockdowns and social distancing measures.
But the 79-year-old suggested the American spirit of independence had gotten in the way and the nation needed to follow their orders, whether they liked it or not.
“I was talking with my UK colleagues who are saying the UK is similar to where we are now, because each of our countries have that independent spirit,” Fauci said during a panel with other experts in Washington, D.C.
“I can understand that, but now is the time to do what you’re told,” he said, as first reported by CNBC.
The longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has repeatedly clashed with President Trump and his administration who have dismissed him as “a