Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke about the United States' response to the novel coronavirus pandemic and whether more could have been done sooner, in an interview Sunday with CNN's Jake Tapper.
"It’s very difficult to go back and say that," Fauci said when asked if earlier mitigation measures were put in place. "Obviously you could logically say that if you had a process that was ongoing and you started mitigation earlier, you could have saved lives. Obviously no one is going to deny that. But what goes into those kinds of decisions is complicated."
"But you’re right, I mean, obviously, if we had right from the very beginning shut everything down, it may have been a little bit different. But there was a lot of pushback about shutting things down back then."