Dr. Anthony Fauci has appeared to claim credit for the decision to quickly develop vaccines against COVID-19, in remarks that are sure to anger Donald Trump. Fauci made the comment in an interview with CNN for a special last night, diving into the details of America’s pandemic response. “When I saw what happened in New York City, almost over-running of our healthcare systems, and that’s when it became very clear that the decision we made on January 10 to go all out and develop a vaccine, may have been the best decision that I’ve ever made with regard to intervention as the director of the institute,” Fauci said. Fauci’s remarks seemed to gloss over the key role played by pharmaceutical companies and Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration’s program to deliver vaccines to the public in record time. Trump, who has frequently expressed frustration with Fauci publicly, touts Operation Warp Speed as a key achievement of his presidency. “I hope everyone remembers when they’re getting the COVID-19 (often referred to as the China Virus) Vaccine, that if I wasn’t President, you wouldn’t be getting that beautiful ‘shot’ for 5 years, at best, and probably wouldn’t be getting it at all. I hope everyone remembers!” Trump said in a formal statement earlier this month.
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