Infamous fearmongerer Dr. Anthony Fauci has come under scrutiny once more, this time as Americans look back to his attempts to blow the Zika panic out of proportion in 2016.
In 2016, Fauci made media rounds suggesting that the virus caused “a pandemic of microcephely,” or small-headedness among Brazilian infants, ThreadReader reported. His media campaigns had some success, as he worked up large portions of the population into a panic.
Congress subsequently spent $2 billion researching the virus, which is endemic to South and Central America. At the time, Fauci worked his connections with Bill Gates, Moderna, and Pfizer in attempts to begin the production of an mRNA vaccine as well.
The United States has seen approximately 550 cases of Zika since 2016.
At the time, Fauci also made his usual rounds, begging for money and political action to combat what he apparently believed to be a health crisis.
According to Fauci, it was essential to divert “people, money, resources, activity away from the standard things that we were doing to start working on a Zika vaccine.”
He was also pushing vaccine boosters at the time, a practice which has become all-too-familiar in recent months.
“We said, okay, we’re going to be asking for new resources,” he added. “But, let’s get started on a full-blown, multi-component vaccine program. I mean not just one vaccine, but a series of four or five vaccines that are in various stages of development.”
Fauci concluded the interview by advocating for increasing political response to any disease that could spread with some rapidity.
“So… the common denominator is that if you are dealing with an emerging outbreak, in order to get control over it, you have to have the resources to act quickly and not wait around for them,” he concluded.