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The First Three Months
What I saw inside the government’s response to COVID-19

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has shared his account of the first three months of the government's response to COVID-19. Fauci recalls receiving a call from a reporter on New Year's Day 2020, alerting him to a strange outbreak in Central China. He describes the challenges of monitoring the situation in China and the urgency to develop a vaccine. Fauci also details his interactions with President Donald Trump and the White House's response to the pandemic. He discusses the struggles of the CDC and the controversies surrounding public health advice, including the use of masks and hydroxychloroquine. Fauci also reveals the personal toll of the pandemic, including threats and harassment directed at him and his family. Despite the challenges, Fauci remains committed to scientific education and the importance of reclaiming civility in public discourse. This article is adapted from his book, "On Call: A Doctor's Journey in Public Service."