Scientists, doctors condemn personal attacks on Fauci

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Has over 100 leading scientists and medical professionals signed a letter to the rescue NIAID director Anthony Fauci called the Republican criticisms inaccurate and “motivated by partisan politics.”

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Why this matters: The letter comes days after Fauci got into a fiery exchange with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), stating that the Kentucky senator’s repeated attacks on him “threate my life, harassed my family and my children”.

  • Among the signatories to the letter supporting Fauci are former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Ten.) and three Nobel laureates.
  • The letter said the misinformation undermines the United States’ response to the pandemic, adding that “routine public health measures have become unnecessarily controversial.”

What are they saying: “We condemn the personal attacks on Dr. Fauci.” read the letter “The criticism is false, unscientific, wrong in facts and, increasingly, motivated by partisan politics.”

  • “It’s a distraction from what should be the national focus – working together to address a pandemic that’s killing about 500,000 people a year.”
  • “We are grateful for Dr. Fauci’s dedication and tireless efforts to help the country through this pandemic and other health crises,” it continued.
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