Dr. Fauci acknowledges new era in President Biden’s COVID-19 response

Jan 21, 2021, 3:31 PM

Fauci COVID-19 response...

Doctor Anthony Fauci says it’s time to stop fixating on ‘herd immunity’ and simply focus on administrating as many COVID-19 vaccines as possible. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON — In his first full day in office, President Joe Biden has already signed a slew of executive orders reversing several Trump administration policies.

During a White House COVID-19 news briefing Thursday, President Biden indicated Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infection Diseases, played a key role in developing the administration’s virus response plan. Fauci and White House Press Secretary Jenn Psaki outlined new orders aimed toward wiping out the coronavirus pandemic. 

The doctor made clear some of the ways in which the incoming administration would differ from the previous one. Among those is how new leadership will publicly address the COVID-19 response. 

“One of the new things about this administration is, if you don’t know the answer, don’t guess,” Fauci said. “Just say you don’t know the answer.” 

The briefing came just one day after the inauguration of President Biden. The newly-elected commander in chief got to work, signing 17 executive orders, memorandums and directives Wednesday.

He followed that with another 10 on Thursday.  

President Biden unveils COVID-19 response

President Biden’s COVID-19 strategy, unveiled Thursday, focuses heavily on increasing vaccinations and testing across the country. Part of this includes his promise to administer 100 million vaccinations in his first 100 days. 

The president will also require masks on federal property and for those traveling by plane, ship, bus, train or other means of public transportation. Although several transportation companies already require masks, the order makes it a federal mandate — leaving no room for travelers to argue against the public safety measure. 

Despite promises to get vaccinations in neighborhood pharmacies by the end of next month, Fauci said he wasn’t sure what the actual timeline will be. 

“In the spirit of not guessing, I’m really not sure when that will be but we can get back to you on that,” Fauci told White House reporters. 

Fauci looks ahead to ‘completely transparent’ transition

With that non-answer, Fauci emphasized President Biden’s commitment to establishing trust in his administration. 

“One of the things that was very clear […] is that one of the things that we’re going to do is we’re going to be completely transparent, open and honest,” Fauci said. “If things go wrong, not point fingers but to correct them and to make everything we do be based on science and evidence.” 

Fauci said that goal is different from the previous administration; he laughed about getting in trouble “sometimes” when he contradicted what then-President Donald Trump would say. However, the immunologist said he never said anything that he thought strayed from the truth — which is what often caused rifts between the previous leadership. 

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

All News

The Federal Trade Commission sued to block a proposed merger between grocery giants Kroger and Albe...

DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Business Writer

US sues to block merger of grocery giants Kroger and Albertsons

The FTC says the $24.6 billion Kroger Albertsons merger would eliminate competition and lead to higher prices for millions of Americans.

21 minutes ago

People experiencing homelessness walk in the street near a winter overflow shelter at St. Vincent d...

Peter Johnston

Code blue bill would open emergency beds at 18 degrees

The legislature is considering whether to raise the temperature at which emergency beds open up during code blue alerts. 

2 hours ago

Rainy drive...

Adam Small

Rain and snow on it’s way to the Wasatch Front

Utah will be seeing rain and snow along the Wasatch Front over the next couple of days. Nice weather returns by week's end.

2 hours ago

Utah capitol clock...

Bridger Beal-Cvetko,

These are the biggest unresolved issues as Utah lawmakers enter last week of session

The 2024 Utah Legislative Session will come to a close on March 1. Here are some of the biggest bills yet to be passed.

3 hours ago

Soldiers carry the coffin of Ukrainian poet and serviceman Maksym Kryvtsov who was killed in action...

Stephanie Halasz and Ivana Kottasová, CNN

Zelensky warns ‘millions will be killed’ without US aid to Kyiv, as Ukrainian troop deaths reach at least 31,000

“Millions” could die in Ukraine’s war with Russia if US lawmakers don’t approve President Joe Biden’s $60 billion aid request.

3 hours ago

utah lawmakers shown, a new resolution wants to address the natalie cline controversy...

Allessandra Harris

Lawmakers working to approve budget as legislative session enters last week

Lawmakers are looking to approve final budget as the legislative session enters the final week. The session ends March 1.

4 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Dr. Fauci acknowledges new era in President Biden’s COVID-19 response