Anthony Stephen Fauci Part Two

Posted in Library of Congress, Politics, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on April 1, 2020

Q&A with Dr. Anthony Fauci ran on C-SPAN January 8, 2015. Anthony S. Fauci M.D., Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke with Brian Lamb. This interview was a primary source for Anthony Stephen Fauci. Today, we will look at other quotes from that interview. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.

Many people criticize George H.W. Bush for his performance during the AIDS horror. Dr. Fauci takes a different view. “Yes. I’ve had the great privilege of getting to know President George H.W. Bush from the time that he was vice president. And when he was getting ready to run for president, he sincerely wanted to know more about this strange disease called AIDS, because quite frankly and disappointingly … President Reagan, who was a good man, did not, I believe, use the bully pulpit enough about calling attention to AIDS. … George H.W. Bush felt that this was important. So while he was still vice president, he came to the NIH and wanted to meet me. He said, “I want to meet this person, Fauci, who I see around doing all this with AIDS, to show me around.” … And I spent considerable amount of time with him, introducing him to my patients, talking to him about what HIV is, and we struck up a friendship. … And then when he became president, it was wonderful because I had a direct input to him. … He’s a wonderful human being.”

Lamb “And what happened to SARS ?” Fauci “SARS essentially disappeared. SARS came, we isolated the virus, we started to make a vaccine, which was successful. It looked pretty good in an animal model. And then all of a sudden, pure public health measures suppressed it, and it went away. … It was one of those diseases that are very common, which is a disease that’s fundamentally an animal disease, and it jumps species from the animal to the human. And sometimes it’s trivial and nothing happens and one person gets infected, but sometimes it adapts itself to the human, and it spreads from human to human. That’s what SARS did. .. But once you suppressed it, it essentially stopped. Because the next one that jumped into human didn’t have the capability of spreading easily from person to person. So we dodged the bullet with SARS. We did.”

Lamb “Ebola. How does that look now?” Fauci “Well, from the United States’ standpoint, it looks very good. We had a situation where a person came over inadvertently, not knowing they were infected, was infected, went to a hospital, infected two nurses. That created a tremendous degree of concern and panic. … And what we try to do … was say, “We’re taking this very seriously for sure. But given our health care structure here and the ability to suppress the spread by identification, isolation, and contact tracing, this is not going to happen in the United States the way it’s happening in West Africa. We may get a case or two,” which we did, “but we’re not going to have this out of control outbreak.” And if you say it enough and give the good scientific evidence for why that’s the case, people believe it, and as it turned out, that’s exactly what happened. There’s no Ebola right now. We may get a case that might come in, but we’ll be able to handle it.”

Lamb “Lots and lots of money was spent on the flu vaccine, and it isn’t working.” Fauci “Right. Well, it’s not working optimally. That’s for sure. Because each year, you make a calculated guess based on information that you gather of what’s circulating towards the end of the season of your season and what’s going on in the southern hemisphere.”

Lamb “Who makes that guess?” Fauci “World Health Organization. And they have to make that decision in February of the prior season, because in order to start manufacturing the influenza vaccine, it takes about six months, so that by the middle to end of the summer, it’s ready. You start distributing it into fall, and then it’s ready for the winter season. .. At the time the decision was made for this 2014-2015 season, they thought that this particular strain of H3N2, which is a designation of certain types of influenza, would be one type. As soon as they started manufacturing the vaccine, about a month and a half later, it became clear that the virus was drifting, and that means mutations and drifting, so that by the time you got to the flu season, the majority of the strains didn’t match what was in the vaccine.”

Fauci “Now that’s the bad news. The somewhat comforting news is that you still can get good benefit from vaccination even though there is not a perfect match, because there’s what’s called cross protection. So if I get vaccinated against an H3N2 that’s not the exact one that’s circulating in the community, I could still get a certain degree of protection. I might not be protected against getting infected, but I might be protected against getting serious disease or hospitalization.”

Lamb “What is your number one concern way out there?” Fauci “Well, my one- number one concern way out there is the idea of emerging and re-emerging infections that we haven’t been exposed to before that’s spread by a respiratory route. So pandemic influenza that’s really serious is something that bothers me, and that’s one of the reasons why one of the real priorities that we’re working on right now in my institute is to develop what’s called a universal influenza vaccine.”

Fauci “A universal influenza vaccine is one that you can take once or a couple of times in your lifetime, and it would cover all the strains of influenza. So you don’t have to play this guessing game each year where you have to change your vaccine … and keep getting vaccinated every year. If you can get a universal flu vaccine, where you give it a few times the way you would give a measles vaccine and forever be protected, or a polio vaccine and forever be protected, that’s the thing we need to do.”

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