Dr. Anthony Fauci, known for being the top health advisor for the nation throughout the entirety of the COVID-19 health crisis thus far, claimed that he symbolizes “truth and integrity” through what he calls the “Fauci effect,” wherein people seek out honesty in a time of disinformation and “January 6.”
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“People go to medical school now, people are interested in science, not because of me, because people most people don’t know me who I am. My friends know me. My wife knows me. But people don’t know me. It’s what I symbolize,” said Fauci on Tuesday to Dr. Larry Corey at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center.
“And what I symbolize, in an era of the normalization of untruths, and lies, and and all the things you’re seeing going on in society from January 6 to everything else that goes on, people are craving for consistency for integrity, for truth and for people caring about people,” he added.
A December 2020 report claimed that there had been a record number of applications to medical school “driven by the example of medical workers and public health figures such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.”
“Stanford University School of Medicine saw a 50 percent jump in the number of applications, or 11,000 applications for 90 available seats. Boston University School of Medicine said that applications were up 27 percent, to 12,024 for around 110 available seats at the school,” reports the study.
Fauci said that it was “very flattering, noting “Probably a more realistic assessment is that, rather than the Fauci Effect, it’s the effect of a physician who is trying to and hopefully succeeding in having an important impact on an individual’s health, as well as on global health. So if it works to get more young individuals into medical school, go ahead and use my name. Be my guest.”
Fauci had previously claimed that any attacks on him are attacking science.