Dr. Anthony Fauci suddenly decided to pull out of attending the annual White House correspondents dinner due to fears over coronavirus right after he declared the ‘pandemic’ phase of the disease to be over.
As The Washington Examiner reports:
Dr. Anthony Fauci will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner due to COVID-19 concerns — an apparent reversal from his stance earlier Wednesday that the United States was “out of the pandemic phase.”
While Fauci has declined to attend the event, seemingly undermining his prior comments, President Joe Biden intends to participate despite a Tuesday announcement that Vice President Kamala Harris contracted COVID-19.
Fauci, who had been invited to the event as a guest of ABC News, according to CNN, will not attend the dinner because of “an individual assessment of his own personal risk,” he stated on Tuesday.
“We are certainly, right now, in this country, out of the pandemic phase,” Fauci said during an interview that aired Tuesday. “Namely, we don’t have 900,000 new infections a day and tens and tens and tens of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths. We are at a low level right now.”
Coverage of the coronavirus pandemic has decreased in most mainstream media outlets as cases and deaths have continued to decrease and other events, such as the Russian invasion of Ukraine, have shifted the public’s attention.