‘I pushed back’: Fauci on how his response to Trump on Covid turned him into ‘public enemy No. 1’

18 November, 2022


This news item is a chilling indictment of human society, which allows a head of state and dangerous source of misinformation to continue with impunity while a leading health professional and upholder of science and transparency is threatened with being killed.

Dr Anthony Fauci: “I could either go with the flow of misinformation or push back. I pushed back, and now I’m in the position I’m in where I have to have federal agents guarding me because people want to kill me.”

“I had to... publicly disagree with and contradict the president of the United States... When he says this drug is a wonder drug, and it isn’t, or this virus is going to disappear like magic when it’s not." “That triggered such a pushback on the part of the extremists that I became public enemy No. 1,” Fauci continued....

COMMENT: As HIFA has shown with the New York Law School, governments have a legal obligation under international human rights law to ensure their populations have access to relevant, reliable ealthcare information and that they are protected from misinformation. When they do not do so, or worse become a source of misinformation themselves, they should be held accountable. Meanwhile, I would argue that there is a need for governments and stakeholders to come together to agree a formal statement and recommendations on how governments can fulfil their obligations. Each of us on HIFA can play a role in helping to make this happen.

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, Global Coordinator HIFA, www.hifa.org neil@hifa.org

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