Jan 13, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Scientists, doctors condemn personal attacks on Fauci

Photo by Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images
Photo: Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images

More than 100 leading scientists and medical professionals have signed a letter defending NIAID director Anthony Fauci, calling Republican criticisms of him inaccurate and "motivated by partisan politics."

Why it matters: The letter comes days after Fauci, in a fiery exchange with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), said that the Kentucky senator's repeated attacks on him have led to "threats upon my life, harassment of my family and my children."

  • Among those who signed the letter supporting Fauci are former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and three Nobel Laureates.
  • The letter said that misinformation undermines the United States' response to the pandemic, adding that "routine public health measures have become unnecessarily controversial."

What they're saying: "We deplore the personal attacks on Dr. Fauci," the letter read. "The criticism is inaccurate, unscientific, ill-founded in the facts and, increasingly, motivated by partisan politics."

  • "It is a distraction from what should be the national focus – working together to finally overcome a pandemic that is killing about 500,000 people a year."
  • "We are grateful for Dr. Fauci’s dedication and tireless efforts to help the country through this pandemic and other health crises," it continued.
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