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Dr. Fauci responds to critics, says he and ‘the CDC [haven’t] really flip-flopped at all’

Dr. Anthony Fauci told MSNBC’s The Morning Joe, “The CDC hasn’t changed, and the CDC hasn’t really flip-flopped at all.”

He continued to suggest the public health agency is merely following the science, “When that earlier recommendation was made, we were dealing predominantly with the Alpha variant. … Now we are dealing with the Delta variant, which is really quite a lot more transmissible than the Alpha variant.”

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reversed its mask policy to suggest everyone should wear a mask regardless of vaccination. The alteration of a less than three-week-old policy brought bipartisan confusion regarding the effectiveness of vaccines and the severity of the delta variant. In March, they suggested the fully vaccinated continue wearing masks, by May, they changed course and gave the fully vaccinated the choice to not wear a mask.

His defense still leaves unanswered questions regarding the strength of the COVID-19 vaccine against new strains. A recent study suggested the Johnson and Johnson vaccine will not perform as well against the delta variant.

In June, Fauci claimed, “the Delta variant is currently the greatest threat in the U.S. to our attempt to eliminate COVID-19.  Good news: Our vaccines are effective against the Delta variant.” In May, lawmakers called for Fauci’s resignation or firing amid his shifting positions concerning COVID-19.

ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO

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Antoinette is a community college student in Sacramento, California. She is a Politics Editor at Fact Based America, a correspondent for Campus Reform, and a student journalist. She previously worked for Turning Point USA as a High School Coordinator.

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