President Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has championed the COVID-19 vaccines. Now he’s putting his own inoculations to the test.
Fauci tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday, the Daily Wire reported. The doctor, who also acts as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has had two doses plus two boosters of the vaccine.
“Dr. Fauci will isolate and continue to work from his home,” a press release from the National Institute for Health assured the nation. “He has not recently been in close contact with President Biden or other senior government officials,” it said.
“Dr. Fauci will follow the COVID-19 guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and medical advice from his physician and return to the NIH when he tests negative.” So far, the 81-year-old’s symptoms are mild.
As a guest on The Takeout podcast hosted by CBS’s Major Garrett last month, Fauci doubled down on his endorsement for the shot. Garrett had to conduct the podcast remotely due to his own coronavirus diagnosis, but Fauci assured him the vaccines were working for him.
“This is a highly transmissible virus, and it is very likely that if you were not vaccinated and double boosted, that you would’ve had a much more severe outcome than you have right now,” Fauci told the host. “And you and I very unlikely would be speaking to each other right now.”
This echoes the same sentiment many full vaxxed, boosted, and coronavirus-infected public officials repeat. However, even CBS News had to admit that those who have been boosted are more likely to test positive for the virus though the outlet was quick to attempt to undermine the study results.
The early narrative about the vaccines was that they stopped the spread of the virus, but they demonstrably do not. Now Fauci will have to rely on his four shots as he fights off the virus — however, the milder variants circulating almost guarantees a favorable outcome no matter what.