MSNBC: Today on “MTP Daily,” Dr. Anthony Fauci joined Chuck Todd to discuss vaccine challenges, questions over the origins of Covid-19 and the growing Republican calls for him to be fired.
FAUCI: So, as we went from January, February, March, April, it became clear that those three things -- A, there was no shortage, and you could wear a cloth mask.
B, the data showed that, in fact, outside of the hospital setting, masks do work. And, third, to our painful awareness, it became clear that 50 percent or more of the transmissions were with people who had no symptoms.
So, that's when we said, we have got to get people to wear masks. That's what's called, Chuck, the scientific process. You make a recommendation, an opinion and a guideline based on what you know at a given time.
As a scientist, as a health official, when those data change, when you get more information, it's essential that you change your position, because you have got to be guided by the science and the current data.
FAUCI: That issue with masks is, people want to fire me or put me in jail for what I have done, namely, follow the science.
FAUCI: I could go the next half-an-hour going through each and every point that they make.
TODD: I know.
FAUCI: It's preposterous, Chuck, totally preposterous.