On Saturday, Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared on Fox News’ “Watters’ World” and spoke about the coronavirus coming to the United States, along with China’s handling of the crisis early on, saying that after the pandemic, the origins of misinformation will be investigated.
Fauci also told host Jesse Watters that “early on we did not get correct information and the incorrect information was propagated right from the beginning”.
Dr. Fauci discussed the coronavirus’ spread from China, and how it is transmitted, saying: “When it became clear that not only is it transmitted efficiently from human to human, but that it was very, very contagious in the sense of easily transmittable, and it also had a high degree of morbidity and mortality.”
“At that point, it became very clear that we were in for a problem because we were getting travel cases from China,” Fauci explained. “And even though we cut off the Chinese pretty quickly, once it seeded in this country, then it does what any highly transmissible virus does. So there’s nothing inconsistent about the information we had.”
Jesse Watters asked Dr. Fauci if he felt he was “misled” by the Chinese or if the World Health Organization (WHO) had deceived the United States.
“You know, I don’t know where the missteps went,” Dr. Fauci responded. Continued Below
“The only thing I know what the end result was that early on, we did not get correct information, and the incorrect information was propagated right from the beginning because, you know when the first cases came out that were identified, I think on December 31st in China, and we became aware of this, they said this was just animal to human, period,” Dr. Fauci pointed out.
“Now, we know retrospectively that there was ongoing transmission from human to human in China, probably at least a few weeks before then,” he said.
“And then, when we finally did get the virus here, it became clear that when we started looking [at what] was going on, [that] was misinformation right from the beginning,” Dr. Fauci added. “So whose ever fault that was, you know, we’re gonna go back and take a look at that when this is all over. But clearly, it was not the right information that was given to us.” Video Below
Dr. Anthony Fauci’s full remarks: