Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been described by The New York Times as “perhaps the nation’s most respected voice during the coronavirus crisis.” However, the 79-year-old has been criticized for frequently changing his recommendations and projections as public health experts learn more about the strain that causes COVID-19. Some media outlets have tried to pit Fauci against the president and, at times, reduced his expertise to politicized guesswork.
Still, Fauci has been a key advisor to the Trump administration since early January, and as a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, significantly influenced the president’s response, public opinion, and mitigation policies on the national, state, and local levels. The NY Times wrote in March:
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