Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday said Dr. Anthony Fauci was being ‘quite generous’ in his description of the Trump administration’s COVID-19 response across the country.
MARK ZUCKERBERG: All right, well, Doctor, I strongly agree that we need somewhat of a reset here. As someone running a business, now, I have said that I believe the best way to improve both public health and economic opportunity in this country is to focus on beating this virus first. And I also have to say, I think you might be quite generous in your description of the government's response here. You know, I was certainly sympathetic early on when it was clear that there would be some outbreaks, no matter how well we handled this.
But now that we're here in July, I just think that it was avoidable and it's really disappointing that we still don't have adequate testing, that the credibility of our top scientists, like yourself and the CDC, are being undermined, and until recently, that parts of the administration were calling into question whether people should even follow basic best practices, like wearing masks. But, look, the US is a resilient country with a lot of ingenuity, as you say. And we can't forget that the US is helping to lead the way on vaccine research, which I want to make sure we get to in a minute.
And I also get that our understanding of facts changes as time goes on. And we all have the opportunity to reassess what we've learned and change course going forward. And, you know, I know I try to do that, personally. And I hope that we as a country can do that now too.