(USA Features) Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday that former President Donald Trump deserves a lot of credit for the vaccines that have been used to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, but also the current administration of President Joe Biden.
“If you look at the real thing that made this work, the fundamental basic science that led to what’s being used right now that’s highly, highly successful, it transcends multiple administrations,” said Fauci, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director, on CNN’s “New Day,” adding that the current research utilized to develop the COVID-19 vaccines has been in the making dating back to President Bill Clinton.
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“There’s credit to go all around on this,” he added.
Fauci’s remarks came after Biden said in a speech Wednesday that contracting the disease is “not a partisan act,” while claiming that the science “was done under Democratic and Republican administrations.”
While the first vaccines were “authorized under a Republican president,” said Biden, in reference to Trump, they were “widely developed” and deployed “by a Democratic president,” referring to himself.
Fauci noted further that he believes it’s “well-deserved” to give Trump credit on the vaccines, adding he has believed that “all along.”
“I have never really done anything sharply critical at all of the Trump administration,” said Fauci. “Not at all. And I’ve always given them credit.
“The idea of ‘Operation Warp Speed’ and the investment of that amount of money to get that amount of vaccines ready to go clearly is something that should be given as credit to the Trump administration. No doubt about that,” Fauci added.
Earlier this year, National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins, Fauci’s boss, said Trump should get a lot of credit for the vaccines.
“It’s just breathtaking that that got done in 11 months from when we first knew about this virus. It is at least five years faster than it has ever been done before,” he told “Axios on HBO” in an interview that aired in February.