Politicians rarely admit error (“Fauci: Not worried about Musk tweets, but they do raise personal risk,” Web, Dec. 13). Unfortunately, some experts who play with politicians, such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, often achieve the same end through mimicry. But let’s give Dr. Fauci his due by understanding that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is a highly unusual and pesky critter, changing its spots in a most perverse fashion, unlike anything that virologists had experienced before.

Perhaps a gain-of-function machination is responsible, although Dr. Fauci considers this unlikely. I believe that he did what he thought best in the early days of the scourge but stumbled badly when trying to please his political colleagues as the pandemic progressed. His fall from grace unmasked yet again the conceit of the political crowd.


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