WASHINGTON: Dr. Anthony Fauci is back.
In truth, the nations leading infectious-diseases expert never really went away. But after enduring nearly a year of darts and undermining comments from former President Donald Trump, Fauci now speaks with the authority of the White House again.
He called it liberating Thursday to be backed by a science-friendly administration that has embraced his recommendations to battle COVID-19.
One of the new things in this administration is, If you dont know the answer, dont guess, Fauci said in one pointed observation during a White House briefing. Just say you dont know the answer.
Faucis highly visible schedule on Thursday, the first full day of President Joe Bidens term, underscored the new administration’s confidence in the doctor but also the urgency of the moment.
His day began with a 4 a.m. virtual meeting with officials of the World Health Organization, which is based in Switzerland, and stretched past a 4 p.m. appearance at the lectern in the…