‘This Was Avoidable’: Zuckerberg Slams Trump Administration’s Covid Response

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A screenshot from the Facebook Live interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci and Mark Zuckerberg.

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“It’s really disappointing that we still don’t have adequate testing, the credibility of our top scientists like yourself in the CDC is being undermined and until recently, parts of the administration were calling into question whether people should follow basic best practices like wearing masks,” said Zuckerberg during a frank discussion about the pandemic with Fauci on Facebook Live.

The tech CEO said Fauci had been “generous” with his criticism of the U.S. coronavirus response and suggested that Covid-19’s fiery resurgence was “avoidable.”

Fauci responded by critiquing an “unfortunate mindset” that public health measures and getting the economy back on track are two opposing forces.

“As I’ve said before and as I’m repeating with you here Mark, we should be looking at public health measures as a vehicle or a gateway of opening the country again, to getting the economy back,” said Fauci.

In the interview, Fauci called for a “reset,” saying that states should reassess whether they’ve moved forward too quickly with reopening and adjust to the correct phase.

They also talked about progress in creating a coronavirus vaccine, which Fauci said he’s “cautiously optimistic” could be ready by the end of this year or early next year.

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