The White House released a four-minute vaccine awareness video on Friday featuring Dr. Anthony Fauci and actress and singer Olivia Rodrigo.
The clip saw the White House’s chief medical officer and pop star read a series of tweets celebrating the coronavirus vaccine, with many heaping praise on Fauci himself.
At one point, Rodrigo and an out-of-frame White House aide laughingly explained why Fauci was tagged as one user’s “Man Crush Monday,” prompting the virologist to joke that if that’s what it takes to get people vaccinated, so be it.
Fauci, the public face of both the Trump and Biden administrations’ pandemic responses, has come under significant fire in recent months, especially for his shifting recommendations regarding mask use. Furthermore, emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request showed that Fauci was aware of the at least partial validity of the lab leak theory, even while publicly denying the idea that the coronavirus originated from the