Fauci teaches China about lockdowns

The US Covid-19 czar claims Beijing has no clear strategy

Outgoing White House chief medical adviser Dr Anthony Fauci has criticized China for rejecting Western vaccines and continuing to lock down its citizens. Beijing says its strategy has resulted in a lower death toll.

“Their approach was very, very strict and quite draconian in the kind of shutdowns with no apparent purpose,” Fauci said in an NBC News interview Sunday.

Fauci, 81, who plans to retire at the end of next month, led a disjointed US Covid-19 response marked by his flip-flopping over issues such as the efficacy of masks and herd immunity targets. He criticized China’s ‘Zero Covid’ policy, despite previous praise for similar zero-tolerance mitigation approaches in Australia and New Zealand.

Mass anti-lockdown protests rocked several Chinese cities this weekend, including Shanghai, Wuhan and Beijing, reportedly sparked by a deadly fire at an apartment building in Urumqi, with protesters blaming Covid restrictions for hindering rescue efforts.

“It seems like in China it was just a very, very strict, extraordinary lockdown, where you lock people in the house, but with no apparent end game,” Fauci said. “They went into a prolonged lockdown with no goal or endgame, which really doesn’t make sense for public health.”

China’s Foreign Ministry stated this summer that the “dynamic zero Covid policy” is “not targeting zero infection.” rather, “It aims to control the spread of the virus at the lowest possible cost in the shortest possible time.” According to official figures, China has recorded 9.5 million infections and 30,000 deaths, while the US has recorded more than 97 million cases and nearly 1.1 million deaths.

While President Joe Biden declared two months ago that it is pandemic “about,” Fauci contradicted this statement, saying on Sunday the US is still seeing 300-400 deaths from Covid-19 daily and lamented that less than 15% of Americans have been vaccinated with the most current booster shot.

Fauci said Beijing made a mistake by refusing to bring in “very effective, 94-95% effective” Western vaccines and reliance on domestically developed injections, which he claimed were inferior to those used elsewhere in the world. But despite being fully vaccinated and getting a double boost with a US vaccine, Fauci contracted the virus twice herself.

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The controversial US health official also accused Chinese authorities of acting in a “suspicious, non-transparent manner” during disease outbreaks, “even when there’s nothing to hide.” However, Fauci himself previously admitted that he lied to the American public in order to do so “poke” increase vaccination coverage.

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