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Fauci: 'Liberating' to work with new team on virus

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Dr. Anthony Fauci was back in the White House briefing room to talk about the Biden administration's COVID plans. Fauci said the new administration will “be completely open and honest” about the pandemic, which he called "a liberating feeling." (Jan. 21)

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ANTHONY FAUCI: One of the things that was very clear as recently as about 15 minutes ago, when I was with the president, is that one of the things that we're going to do is to be completely transparent, open, and honest; if things go wrong, not point fingers, but to correct them; and to make everything we do be based on science and evidence.

I mean, that was literally a conversation I had 15 minutes ago with the president. And he has said that multiple times.

- Is there anything that you, looking back on your comments over the last 10 or 12 months, would like to now, with that sort of license, to amend or clarify?

ANTHONY FAUCI: No. I mean, I always said everything on the bas-- that's why I got in trouble sometimes.

- Can you talk a little bit about how free, how much different-- do you feel less constrained?

ANTHONY FAUCI: No. Actually, I mean, obviously, I don't want to be going back over history. But it was very clear that there were things that were said, be it regarding things like hydroxychloroquine and other things like that, that really was uncomfortable, because they were not based on scientific fact.

I can tell you, I take no pleasure at all in being in a situation of contradicting the president. So it was really something that you didn't feel that you could actually say something and there wouldn't be any repercussions about it. The idea that you can get up here and talk about what you know, what the evidence, what the science is, and know that's it-- let the science speak-- it is somewhat of a liberating feeling.

- How helpful would it have been if Amazon got involved with the federal response to COVID-19 before Biden took office?

ANTHONY FAUCI: I don't think I could answer that question. I'd be waving my hands about that. Sorry. Well, you know, one of the new things in this administration is if you don't know the answer, don't guess. Just say you don't know the answer.

Yeah.

- Dr. Fauci--

ANTHONY FAUCI: Yes.

- Dr. Fauci, couple of--