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Says ‘Certain Aspects’ Of Government’s Response Were ‘Botched’

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  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who is retiring later this year, admitted “certain aspects” of the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic were “botched,” including the flip-flop on masking recommendations and the slow rollout of rapid testing nationwide.
  • “They did not get the commercial involvement in the tests quickly. They stuck to their own tests,” Fauci said in an interview that aired Thursday at the Texas Tribune Festival. “We didn’t know masks worked outside of the hospital setting.
  • “There was supposedly a shortage of good masks for the people who were taking care of individuals.”

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