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‘Nobody is Telling You What to Say’: Fauci Describes Day One of Biden’s Presidency

Anthony Fauci isn’t hiding his relief that he’s serving in a new administration.

One day into the Biden presidency, the longtime infectious disease expert and unlikely celebrity of the Covid-19 response described it as “a refreshing experience.”

Fauci, who has served under seven presidents as head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was a frequent target of public criticism from President Donald Trump, who accused him and other career scientists at public health agencies of overstating the seriousness of the worsening pandemic and hampering efforts to address it.

“It’s obviously a very different situation. It’s complete transparency,” Fauci said in an interview Thursday. “Nobody is telling you what to say, at all. They are just saying go out there and let the data guide you on what you are saying.”

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