Donald Trump’s former trade advisor Peter Navarro has unleashed a wild attack on COVID expert Anthony Fauci, calling him “The father of the virus.”
Navarro made the bizarre claim after being shown an interview with CNN’s chief medical adviser Sanjay Gupta, in which Fauci said pushing for the COVID-19 vaccine was the “ best decision ” he ever made.
Navarro seemed angry that the US administration’s top infectious disease doctor took credit for the success of the vaccine program – dubbed “ Operation Warp Speed ” – and claimed President Donald Trump had been the driving force behind it.
“The father of the vaccine is Donald J. Trump.”
In the clip on Fox News, Navarro, wearing rolled-up shirt sleeves and loose tie, stares and points at the camera as he accuses Fauci of being the ‘father of the virus’
Dr Anthony Fauci said pushing for a COVID-19 vaccine was the ‘best decision’ he’d ever made, based on Navarro’s bizarre rebuke
Navarro, who has made several inflammatory statements about Fauci, was a key figure in the Trump administration and an outspoken critic of China.
In the Fox news clip, Navarro, wearing rolled shirt sleeves and unbuttoned tie, stares and points at the camera as he criticizes Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
‘What is Fauci’s father? Fauci is the father of the actual virus, ”he told the right-wing network.
Fauci is the man. This virus, according to [Robert] Redfield from the Centers for Disease Control, was from the Wuhan lab, and basically we didn’t just have Fauci funding that lab with US taxpayers, he also authorized this thing called gain of function research.
He had the Chinese Communist Party, the People’s Liberation Army, genetically manipulate a virus using function gains.
Donald Trump launched Operation Warp Speed in May 2020, pledging government support to pharmaceutical companies trying to discover an effective COVID-19 vaccine
‘I now call it the Fauci virus. If he wants to be the father of anything, he is the father of the virus that killed more than half a million Americans. ‘
Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx were interviewed for one CNN special report on Sunday evening called: ‘COVID War: The Pandemic Doctors Speak Out’.
Fauci said, “ When I saw what was happening in New York City, our healthcare systems were almost overloaded, and then it became very clear that the decision we made on January 10 to go all out and develop a vaccine was the best decision. that I have ever taken with regard to intervention as director of the institute. ‘
Fauci’s comments seemed to obscure the key role of pharmaceutical companies and Operation Warp Speed - the Trump administration’s program to produce, test, and deliver vaccines to the public in record time.
Fauci claimed that Trump’s Tweet calling for some states to “ RELEASE ” to pressure them to reopen on a wave in cases last summer hit him like a “ punch to the chest. ”
In response to the program, Trump released a statement hitting his former top coronavirus advisers, describing Fauci and Birx as clumsy failures.
Fauci, he said, “tried to take credit for the vaccine when, in fact, he said it would take three to five years.”
Trump said it was his decision to start the vaccine program.
“We have developed American vaccines by a US president in a record time of nine months, saving the whole world,” he said.
“We bought billions of dollars of these vaccines on a calculated gamble that they would work, perhaps the most important gamble in the history of the world.”
He said, ‘Dr. Fauci was unable to pressure the FDA to speed it up. I was the one who got it done, and even the fake news media knows and reports this’.
Trump described Fauci and Birx as ‘two self-promoters trying to reinvent history’
The former president said Fauci was inconsistent, describing him as “ the king of the flip-flops, ” and denying Birx’s claim they had a “ very difficult ” phone call at the start of the pandemic when she told him how serious was a threat. the pandemic.
“She was a very negative voice who didn’t have the right answers,” Trump said.
Last July, Navarro wrote an opinion piece USA Today in which he said that Fauci was ‘wrong about everything I communicated with him’.
The USA Today editors later retracted parts of the column and added a comment to the piece stating that parts of it were “misleading or contextless” and “fell short of USA TODAY’s actual auditing standards.”
Last year, Fauci revealed he was forced to take on a security team after he and his family received hundreds of death threats.
Trump on Monday sharply rebuked Fauci’s claim on Sunday that he supported the decision to hunt for a vaccine
In the same CNN special, Redfield, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said he believed the coronavirus had originally escaped from a laboratory in Wuhan, China.
It is the first time that Redfield, who was appointed as CDC director by Trump, has publicly stated that he believes that COVID-19 originated in a lab and not a wet market where it was related to an initial cluster of Affairs.
‘I believe I still think the most likely etiology of this pathogen in Wuhan came from an escaped lab. Other people don’t believe that, that’s fine. Science will figure it out eventually, ”he said.
“It is not uncommon for respiratory pathogens that are being worked on in laboratories to infect the laboratory worker.
‘That does not imply intent. It’s my opinion, right? But I am a virologist. I have spent my life in virology. ‘
China has firmly pushed for the pandemic to start when COVID-19 jumped from a bat into a human or through an intermediate species in a wet market in Wuhan.
However, Redfield says that explanation is not “biologically logical” to him.
‘I don’t believe this somehow came from a bat to a human and at that point the virus came to human, it became one of the most contagious viruses known in humanity for human to human transmission ‘, he said. .
‘Normally it takes a while for a pathogen to change from a zoonosis into a human, how it can become more and more efficient.’
A joint study by the World Health Organization and China on the origin of COVID-19 says transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario and a lab leak is “extremely unlikely.”