Throughout the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci has been the most prominent expert on the White House’s task force.
U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), however, recently told Fox News Channel’s Neil Cavuto that Fauci needs to go.
“Their time of usefulness has expired,” Biggs said during the interview on Thursday.
“They engender panic and hysteria”
He went on to make the argument that Fauci has not been a consistent voice of support for the president and has expressed evolving views on the best course of action against the virus.
“What they do is when the president comes out and makes a policy — because he is the president, he is the policymaker — when they come out, and they make these statements that they make, they engender panic and hysteria and undermine what the president’s doing,” he said of Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, another coronavirus task force member.
Fauci “has been all over the ballpark on this,” Biggs claimed, noting the shift from downplaying the importance of masks to encouraging their widespread use.
Of course, President Donald Trump has also recently encouraged Americans to wear face masks in accordance with expert recommendations.
Biggs did acknowledge that his state has been hit hard by the coronavirus in recent weeks, saying that Arizona has “the highest number, perhaps, on a per capita basis of new cases,” primarily among individuals between 20 and 44 years old.
“We have seen that transpire”
“If you also take a look at the fatality, case fatality rate, we have moved from over 4% just about 30 days ago now to right at 2.2%,” he added. “We have seen that transpire.”
Over the past month, Biggs said the rate of patients being cleared for release from the hospital has also been encouraging.
“If you take a look at the 5,300 people that have been discharged from hospitals in the last 30 days, and you look in the last eight days, Neil, what you would see is, every day, we have had an increase in the number of discharges,” he said.
As with most officials in today’s deeply divided nation, Fauci and his advice has been met with mixed reviews. As it stands now, though, he appears to still have the support and confidence of the White House.