You can have a holly, jolly Christmas with your relatives after all, Dr. Anthony Fauci now says.
President Biden’s chief medical adviser offered a second opinion Monday of his own humbug diagnosis after saying a day earlier it was “too soon” to tell whether Americans should gather with their loved ones for the holidays.
“I will be spending Christmas with my family,” Fauci told CNN. “I encourage people, particularly the vaccinated people who are protected, to have a good, normal Christmas with your family.”
On Sunday, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) chief was asked by CBS News “Face The Nation” host Margaret Brennan whether “we can gather for Christmas, or it’s just too soon to tell.”
“You know Margaret, it’s just too soon to tell,” Fauci responded. “We’ve just got to concentrate on continuing to get those numbers down and not try to jump ahead by weeks or months and say what we’re going to do at a particular time. Let’s focus like a laser on continuing to get those cases down. And we can do it by people getting vaccinated and also, in the situation where boosters are appropriate, to get people boosted.”
The comments were met with a social media uproar.
“Fauci has lost all credibility with the American people,” agreed Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY). “We aren’t waiting on his permission to celebrate Christmas together.”
Pseudonymous conservative commentator AG Hamilton tweeted that it was “irresponsible to have this guy on news programs at this point.”
“If he wants to live in a bubble for the rest of his life, that’s a problem for him and his therapist,” Hamilton said of Fauci. “Everyone else, especially those who are vaccinated, should not hesitate to get together with family/friends.”
On Monday, Fauci argued that his comment from the previous day had been “taken completely out of context.”
“I was asked, ‘What could we predict for this winter for like December and Christmas?’” he claimed. “I said, ‘We don’t know because we’ve seen slopes that went down and then came back up. The best way to assure that we’ll be in good shape as we get into the winter would be to get more and more people vaccinated.’
“That was misinterpreted as my saying we can’t spend Christmas with our families, which was absolutely not the case,” Fauci insisted before lamenting: “The way all of the other disinformation goes around, you say something talking about a landmark of a time, and it gets misinterpreted that I’m saying you can’t spend family Christmas time, which is nonsense. You can.”
Last year, Fauci urged Americans to stay home for the holidays and gather virtually in the hope that nascent vaccines would lead to more normalcy in 2021.
“For my own family, I’m saying we had a really great Thanksgiving and Christmas last year. We’re looking forward to a really great Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2021,” Fauci told USA Today in late November 2020. “Let’s now make the best of the situation and show our love and affection for people by keeping them safe.”