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Dr. Fauci reveals the ‘best decision’ he’s made during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dr. Fauci spoke on a new CNN special about the COVID-19 pandemic

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), spoke on a new CNN special about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, speaks during a ceremony awarding the Nobel Prize medal and prize to Harvey J. Alter, laureate in Pphysiology or medicine, at NIH in Bethesda, Md., on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020.

Jacquelyn Martin, Associated Press

Dr. Anthony Faucisaid in a new CNN special that his best decision during the coronavirus pandemic is related to the COVID-19 vaccine.

What did Fauci say during the CNN special report?

Dr. Fauci spoke during “COVID WAR: The Pandemic Doctors Speak Out,” a new CNN special, which aired on Sunday night.

  • The special included interviews with Fauci, Dr. Deborah Birx, Dr. Brett Giroir, Dr. Stephen Hahn, Dr. Robert Kadlec and Dr. Robert Redfield, who all worked at the White House at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Fauci — who has become the face of public health and the government’s response to the pandemic — said his best decision was related to the vaccine.

When I saw what happened in New York City, almost overrunning of our health care system, it was like, ‘Oh my goodness,’ Fauci said. And that’s when it became very clear that the decision we made on January the 10th — to go all out and develop a vaccine — may have been the best decision that I’ve ever made with regard to an intervention as director of the institute.

So far,  50.5 million people (or 15.5% of the total U.S. population) have received the full COVID-19 vaccination, NPR reports.

Others talk about COVID-19 vaccine development

Dr. Francis Collins, the National Institutes of Health director, said the entire team of Operation Warp Speed — the name of the group who looked to fight the pandemic — deserved credit.

  • “The Operation Warp Speed ... was an effort that many of us were not initially convinced was going to be necessary. And it was thought about as a Manhattan Project,” Collins told Axios. “Those words were used sometimes to describe what needed to happen in order to get all parts of the government together in an unprecedented way to test up to six vaccines in rigorous trials, and to do this at-risk manufacturing, so that if any of those trials happened to work, you would already have doses ready to go into arms.”

Fox News reports that former President Donald Trump said he deserves credit for the COVID-19 vaccine and its rapid development.

  • “I hope everyone remembers when they’re getting the COVID-19 ... Vaccine, that if I wasn’t President, you wouldn’t be getting that beautiful ‘shot’ for 5 years, at best, and probably wouldn’t be getting it at all,” Trump said in a statement earlier this month, according to Fox News. ”I hope everyone remembers!”

How to watch CNN’s ‘COVID War’ report

CNN will reair the “COVID WAR: The Pandemic Doctors Speak Out” special again on Friday, April 2, at 6 p.m. MDT.