Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, responded in an interview on Friday to criticisms that he has faced in recent days over his handling of the pandemic and recently released emails that shed light on comments he made during the early days on the pandemic.
During an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Fauci said that criticisms of him were “really very much an attack on science.”
“What’s happening now, is very much an anti-science approach,” Fauci claimed. “I mean, it is what it is, I’m a public figure, I’m going to take the arrows and the swings, but they’re just, they’re fabricated. And that’s just what it is … it’s all nonsense.”
When asked about the push to understand the origins of the pandemic, Fauci responded, “It is important to understand that, but it is being approached now in a very vehement way, in a very distorted way, I believe by attacking me.”