Fauci: US Has ‘Done Worse Than Most’ As Country Nears 500,000 COVID Deaths

COVID-19 White House expert Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks before receiving his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the National Institutes of Health on December 22, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Semansky... COVID-19 White House expert Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks before receiving his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the National Institutes of Health on December 22, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Semansky-Pool/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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February 22, 2021 10:58 a.m.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical adviser, on Monday said the U.S. has done “worse than most” other countries as the nation nears 500,000 deaths amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I believe that if you look back historically, we’ve done worse than most any other country,” Fauci said during an ABC News’ Good Morning America interview on Monday. “And we’re a highly developed, rich country.”

Fauci characterized the nearly 500,000 reported deaths from COVID-19 in the country as a “stunning” figure.

“So there were things back then that if you go back and think about what you might have done, the kind of dispirit responses of different states rather than having a unified approach, but it’s so tough to just go back and try and, you know, do a metaphorical autopsy on how things went,” Fauci said. “It was just bad. It is bad now.”

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Fauci urged the public to be “completely committed” against fighting the “common enemy.”

“The only thing that I would just encourage all of us is that rather than looking back and saying what the heck happened here, now let’s just go forward and be completely committed as a unified country to just go at this together,” Fauci said. “This is a common enemy. We’ve all got to pitch in.”

Fauci added that although the country is in “good shape now” with vaccines, it will be a “race against” incoming infections and the public’s ability to adhere to mitigation strategies such as mask-wearing and practicing social distancing, because those measures are the “weapons that we have against this horrible disease.”

Watch Fauci’s remarks below:

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