Fauci told the New York Times today that he's been lying about how many people would need to be vaccinated in order for herd immunity take hold in America.
Or, as NYT puts it, he's been "quietly shifting that number" and "deliberately moving the goal posts."
Recently, a figure to whom millions of Americans look for guidance — Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, an adviser to both the Trump administration and the incoming Biden administration — has begun incrementally raising his herd-immunity estimate.
In the pandemic's early days, Dr. Fauci tended to cite the same 60 to 70 percent estimate that most experts did. About a month ago, he began saying "70, 75 percent" in television interviews. And last week, in an interview with CNBC News, he said "75, 80, 85 percent" and "75 to 80-plus percent."
In a telephone interview the next day, Dr. Fauci acknowledged that he had slowly but deliberately been moving the goal posts. He is doing so, he said, partly based on new science, and partly on his gut feeling that the country is finally ready to hear what he really thinks.
Hard as it may be to hear, he said, he believes that it may take close to 90 percent immunity to bring the virus to a halt — almost as much as is needed to stop a measles outbreak.
"When polls said only about half of all Americans would take a vaccine, I was saying herd immunity would take 70 to 75 percent," Dr. Fauci said. "Then, when newer surveys said 60 percent or more would take it, I thought, ‘I can nudge this up a bit,' so I went to 80, 85."
I hope I do not need to explain how big of a deal it is that during a pandemic, the nation's top infectious disease expert has been deliberately misleading (read: LYING TO) the public because he thought they might not be ready to hear the truth.
Waiting until polls show certain numbers before telling Americans what he believes is true? The heck is that?
NYT couldn't even spin it to make him sound good.
Of ALL people involved with this trainwreck called Corona, HE is supposed to be the one operating solely on statistics and facts, and not "gut feelings." It's why we're supposed to trust everything he says, remember!