Full text of Dr. Anthony Fauci and Mark Zuckerberg interview about coronavirus and vaccines on July 16, 2020 on Facebook Live.
Dr. Anthony Fauci is a physician and immunologist who has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984. In this video, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg interviews Dr. Fauci on coronavirus and the vaccines.
MARK ZUCKERBERG: Thanks for tuning in today. And I hope you’re all staying healthy and good.
I’m here today with Dr. Anthony Fauci, our nation’s leading infectious disease expert, to discuss the recent surge in COVID across the country and how we can all stay safe and improve the country’s trajectory going forward.
Dr. Fauci last joined me a couple of months ago, I think, when COVID was first beginning to spread in the U.S. And since then, we’ve had a lockdown and we started reopening. And I think many would say maybe we started reopening a bit too quickly before we really got it under control because, while every other developed country in the world, or almost every other country, has had a relatively smaller number of new infections, we now face a record number of new infections every day. More than 50,000, I think, daily is the recent number.
At this point, it is clear that the trajectory in the U.S. is significantly worse than many other countries and that our government and this administration have been considerably less effective in handling this. And I personally think we need to take this a lot more seriously. And our understanding of the disease, of course, is evolving and our response needs to be guided by science and our latest scientific understanding, even if it’s not perfect at any given moment.
So, I want to say upfront that I’m grateful for the leadership and dedication of Dr. Fauci who has been working tirelessly under very difficult conditions to help us all navigate this.