Fauci’s coronavirus warning: US ‘could not possibly be positioned more poorly’

The US “could not possibly be positioned more poorly” in its fight against coronavirus as winter approaches – that’s the warning from one of Donald Trump’s top advisers.

Dr Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the government’s strategy for tackling COVID-19 needed an “abrupt change”.

Dr Fauci told The Washington Post the US situation is “not good”.

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“All the stars are aligned in the wrong place as you go into the fall and winter season, with people congregating at home indoors,” he said.

“You could not possibly be positioned more poorly.”

His warning came as the country recorded 99,000 new infections in a single day.

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Dr Fauci cautioned the US could surpass 100,000 new coronavirus cases a day, and predicted worse to come.

He said that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden “is taking it seriously from a public health perspective”, whereas President Donald Trump is “looking at it from a different perspective” – namely, “the economy and reopening the country”.

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 31: A trick-or-treater catches candy from a chute in the Elmwood Neighborhood on October 31, 2020 in Columbia, South Carolina. The normally bustling neighborhood on Halloween saw a small fraction of participants due to the pandemic. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
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A White House spokesman called Dr Fauci’s claims “unacceptable” for “breaking with all norms… to choose three days before an election to play politics”.

As a senior adviser to Mr Trump on coronavirus, Dr Fauci has “a duty to express concerns or push for a change in strategy, but he’s not done that”, the spokesperson continued.

They accused him of “choosing to criticise the president in the media” with an intervention that would “make his political leanings known” by praising the president’s opponent.

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Image:99,000 people tested positive for COVID-19 in a single day in the US

Who is Dr Anthony Fauci?

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Image:Dr Fauci has advised six presidents
  • Member of the White House coronavirus taskforce, chaired by US Vice President Mike Pence
  • Has led the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984
  • Widely viewed as one the country’s top infectious disease experts
  • Advised six different presidents on health matters – particularly HIV/AIDS
  • Developed effective therapies for previously fatal diseases

Meanwhile Mr Trump and Mr Biden are entering the final few days of campaigning in a last-ditch bid to hoover up the 270 electoral college votes that will guarantee one of them the White House.

Mr Biden is on 52% compared to Mr Trump’s 42%, according to a new national poll by NBC and The Wall Street Journal, which has a margin of error of around 3%.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden walks through the cemetary as he departs services at Saint Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic church in Wilmington, Delaware on November 1, 2020. - Donald Trump visits five swing states Sunday in a punishing finale to a frantic weekend sprint against challenger Joe Biden just days ahead of the US presidential election. The candidates and their top surrogates barreled through crucial states in the industrial Midwest and coastal southeast on Saturday, pressing closing arguments. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
Image:Mr Biden is spending the last days campaigning in ‘toss up’ states

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Trump supporters surround Biden campaign bus

That would put the Democrat challenger further ahead than Hilary Clinton was in 2016 – her lead had narrowed to 4% by the same point at the last election.

Mr Biden’s camp has accused the president’s supporters of trying to “put our staff, surrogates, supporters, and others in harm’s way” by surrounding a campaign bus travelling through Texas.

But Mr Trump welcomed the action, tweeting a video of the incident, writing: “I LOVE TEXAS!”

    Mark Gibson

    Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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