- The Trump administration has reportedly prevented Anthony Fauci, a leading US infectious disease expert, from speaking publicly about the outbreak of the coronavirus without permission.
- Some of Fauci's statements about the virus contradicted President Trump's claims.
- US public health experts are angry, and one said his silence was "a threat to public health and safety."
- Fauci has been the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984. He has fought the AIDS, Zika and Ebola epidemics.
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Anthony Fauci has led the United States through the AIDS, Zika and Ebola epidemics.
He has been the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984 and advises six presidents. George W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008.
Fauci is now helping to direct the response to the new outbreak of the coronavirus.
But the Trump administration has reportedly told Fauci and other senior White House health officials "not to say anything else without permission." according to the New York Times, A NIAID spokesman told Business Insider that "however, this is not true."
Fauci's comments on the corona virus have contradicted Trumps on several occasions. While Trump said the US "will get a flu shot for it pretty quickly," Fauci has estimated that we are between one and one and a half years away from a coronavirus vaccine. Trump was also optimistic that COVID-19 – the disease that causes the virus – will go away, but Fauci has suggested that the world is on the verge of a pandemic.
US health experts were upset about the White House restrictions on Fauci's speech, the Times reported, as the world is in the midst of one of the worst public health crises in years.
"Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama trusted Tony Fauci to be their best infectious disease advisor and the nation's most trusted public communicator," said Ronald Klain, who described the Obama administration's response to the Ebola 2014 crisis. tweeted on Thursday,
He added: "If Trump changes that, it is a threat to public health and security."
Here are some of Fauci's greatest awards and achievements.