Dr. Fauci scrambled to defend Joe Biden’s confusing messaging on Covid boosters after the FDA declined approval last week.
Fauci appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday and told host Jake Tapper that Biden didn’t make a mistake when he prematurely announced Covid boosters would become available starting September 20, 2021.
Jake Tapper played a clip of Biden telling Americans Covid boosters would be available pending FDA approval during the week of September 20.
“The FDA’s former chief scientist told CNN Friday that Biden was making that announcement ahead of time. Before the FDA and the CDC made theirs was quote, ‘Backwards and not helpful and at the very least,’ even though he did say appending approval. This is causing more confusion. Was it a mistake for the president to announce this before the FDA and CDC issued their guidance?” Jake Tapper asked Fauci.
Fauci covered for Biden: “Jake, I don’t think so. The president was very clear as was the medical group when we said we are planning to do this, and it was always said in his official statement, in the official written statement from all of us, including the FDA and the CDC that was pending and on the condition of the examination of all of the data by the FDA. It’s understandable how there could have been some confusion, but what was said was pretty clear, Jake.”
“You want to have some scientific proof. That’s the reason why right now we recommend that people go by the guidelines according to the FDA approval and the CDC recommendations,” he added.
Imagine Fauci’s response if this happened under the Trump Admin.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, says people shouldn’t get Covid-19 vaccine boosters without FDA approval: “You want to have some scientific proof. That’s the reason why right now we recommend that people go by the guidelines according to the FDA approval and the CDC recommendations.” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/4AzfsMNfpy
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) September 19, 2021