Dr. Fauci says he feels 'somewhat liberated' working with Biden administration

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By KCBS Radio

Dr. Anthony Fauci made his public first appearance at the White House in weeks, telling reporters he feels "somewhat liberated" in embracing a science-based approach in the new Biden administration.

"One of the new things in this administration is if you don't know the answer, don't guess," Dr. Anthony Fauci said. "Just say you don't know the answer."

The nation’s leading infectious disease expert, one of the few holdovers from the Trump administration’s COVID-19 response, joined Press Secretary Jen Psaki at a Thursday briefing.

"One of the things we’re going to do is be completely transparent, open and honest," he said, describing a conversation with President Biden just moments earlier. "If things go wrong, not point fingers, but to correct them and to make everything we do be based on science and evidence."

Earlier Thursday, the president unveiled his administration’s detailed COVID-19 strategy. Biden signed 10 executive orders aimed at jump starting his national strategy to address the crisis, including vaccinations and testing, reopening schools and businesses, and increasing the use of face masks.

On Biden’s target of 100 million coronavirus vaccinations completed in his first 100 days in office, Dr. Fauci called it "quite a reasonable goal." He estimated that if 70 percent to 80 percent of the country vaccinated by late summer, "we could be approaching a degree of normality" by the fall.

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