Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he was “very surprised” at Florida’s pandemic response and planned to raise issue with it to the Trump White House.
The Washington Post and BuzzFeed published thousands of pages of emails to and from Fauci on Tuesday, revealing a trove of information on Fauci and his thoughts throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In one email exchange on page 2,013 of BuzzFeed’s dump, Fauci voiced disapproval for how Florida Governor Ron DeSantis handled the pandemic early on.
On March 17, DeSantis issued an order shutting down bars and cutting restaurants to half capacity to limit the spread of the coronavirus. He also limited gatherings to no more than 10 people. Fauci received an email from a Florida doctor complaining about DeSantis’ response on March 18 as other states were preparing and enacting heavy-handed lockdowns because of COVID-19.
“I know you’re ridiculously busy so please do not be upset with me,