(USA Features) A noted Stanford University epidemiologist said Friday he believes Dr. Anthony Fauci is no longer credible after making what he called “rookie” mistakes in managing the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I think his credibility is entirely shot,” Stanford professor Jay Bhattacharya told Fox News host Laura Ingraham, noting Fauci’s ever-changing stances throughout the pandemic.
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“In the early days of the epidemic, he was quite a sensible person,” Bhattacharya said. “He understood immunity, he understood the necessity of not panicking the population. Something happened in late February where he just flipped on a dime.
“It wasn’t the science changing. Something else happened where he just changed,” he continued, noting that Fauci made a “rookie mistake” in overestimating the mortality rate of COVID-19 at 2%, according to March 2020 emails.
“He made a rookie mistake that no epidemiologist should make. He conflated the case mortality rate with the infection mortality rate. There’s many, many times more people with infections of COVID than were caught, especially back then,” he told Ingraham. “He should have known that.”
He said the 2% figure was “way higher than what is actually true for COVID,” estimating that an actual 0.2% mortality rate worldwide for COVID-19 is “an order of magnitude lower.”
“It’s just an enormous mistake,” Bhattacharya said. “And I think it’s really unfortunate that we have this person who just didn’t really have the expertise to lead the response, and yet we somehow we venerated him.”