When CBS’s Margaret Brennan asked Fauci if parents should expect schools to shut down again, the correct answer would be that they shouldn’t. We saw the disastrous effects of school shutdowns on children in terms of both learning loss and mental health issues. We know that children are not at serious risk from COVID and that concerned teachers are able to get vaccinated and boostered if they so choose. There has been no justification for school closures since the summer of 2020, and there is no possible excuse for entertaining them now.
But Fauci refused to give the right answer. Instead, he was “not sure.” You see, we need to “balance” the “collateral effects,” such as plummeting test scores and social isolation, and all of this depends on “the viral load of disease in your region.” Fauci claimed that “the upper Northeast may be quite different from the Southwest,” and therefore school closures should remain on the table.
That is not the only absurd thing Fauci said in that interview, though. Along with his anti-science, anti-children stance on school closures, Fauci also ran interference for the Chinese government over the origins of the virus.
“What happens is that if you look at the anti-China approach that clearly the Trump administration had right from the very beginning and the accusatory nature [of] [it], the Chinese are going to flinch back and say, ‘Oh, I’m sorry. We’re not going to talk to you about it,’ which is not correct,” Fauci said. He added, “We need to have an open dialogue with their scientists and our scientists. Keep the politics out of it … because these are scientists that we’ve known for decades.”
Except China was covering up the origins of the virus, and even the lethality and virality of it, well before the Trump administration took an “accusatory” tone. China was suppressing information about COVID as early as Dec. 27, 2019. The country silenced whistleblower Li Wenliang for “spreading rumors” about the virus four days later and Wenliang ended up dying from COVID on Feb. 7.
Fauci also puts too much trust in the scientists “we’ve known for years.” Is he really so naive that he thinks that Chinese scientists can speak openly and truthfully about the origins of the virus without the Chinese government looming over them? There will be no “open dialogue” with China because the Chinese Communist Party refuses to allow open dialogue about anything in the country, much less something that could make the party look bad (such as unleashing a deadly pandemic on the world, for example).
This fanatical commitment to the idea of “The Science,” which he claimed he was the personification of rather than the practice of it, in the real world made Fauci an insufferable public figure who was constantly insisting his interpretation of the world was the only right one. As a result, millions of children have been permanently set back academically and socially, and China has continued to escape serious scrutiny over the virus. Even in his farewell media tour, Fauci continues to peddle the damaging narratives he was committed to during the pandemic. We will all be better off when he finally leaves the stage.