Feeling emboldened by personal attacks on the nation’s top infectious disease expert and leading scientists and physicians, scores have signed an open letter in defense of Anthony Fauci, MD for his many years of service to society and his leadership on pandemic.
” We are deeply disappointed in Dr. Fauci’s personal attacks. The criticism is inaccurate, unscientific, ill-founded in the facts and, increasingly, motivated by partisan politics,” reads the letter of support, initiated by Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, and signed by almost 300 scientists, public health and medical professionals, including Nobel Laureates, a former Republican senator, and leadership of medical societies and institutions.
Fauci has led the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984 and serves as President Biden’s top medical advisor on the pandemic.
“Dr. Anthony Fauci has served the USA with wisdom and integrity for nearly 40 years. Through HIV, Ebola, and now COVID, he has unswervingly served the United States guiding the country to very successful outcomes. The letter states that he has our undivided respect and trust as both a scientist, and as a leader in the country.”
Fauci was repeatedly subject to harsh criticism by congressional Republicans, particularly Sens. Rand Paul (R.KY) & Roger Marshall (R.KS).
Fauci responded to a contentious congressional hearing on Omicron’s federal government response earlier in the week, telling Marshall that he was so ignorant, it was extraordinary. “
Fauci has been harassed and threatened with death by his family. told Rand his “completely false” rhetoric and statements “kindles the crazies.” “
The personal attacks on Fauci are a “distraction from what should be the national focus — working together to finally overcome a pandemic that is killing about 500,000 people a year. “We are grateful to Dr. Fauci for his dedication and tireless efforts in helping the country through this epidemic and other health crises,” reads the letter.