NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins (Sarah Silbiger / POOL / AFP) (Photo by SARAH SILBIGER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
By Michael Lee – Fox News
CDC numbers show more than 800,000 Americans have lost their lives to COVID-19 under his leadership.
Outgoing National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins took aim at the makers of the “The Great Barrington Declaration,” refusing to step down from calling them “fringe epidemiologists” while arguing “hundreds of thousands” would have died of COVID-19 if the country followed their advice.
Collins told Fox News host Bret Baier Sunday that he was “not going to apologize” for comments Friday in front of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis in which he called advocates of herd immunity “fringe epidemiologists,” arguing that “hundreds of thousands of people would have died if we had followed that strategy.”
“I did write that, and I will stand by that,” Collins said. “Basically, these fringe epidemiologists who really did not have the credentials to be making such a grand sweeping statement, were saying just let the virus run through the population and eventually then everybody would have had it and everything will be okay.”
But hundreds of thousand of Americans have died of COVID-19 on his watch, with the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention numbers showing over 800,000 have lost their lives to the disease since the beginning of the pandemic.
Yet Collins called for a “quick and devastating published takedown” of the three experts pushing for a herd immunity strategy, which The Great Barrington Declaration largely pushes for.