As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread in the US, the nation's top infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci says that anti-science bias in the country is causing problems.
"One of the problems we face in the United States is that unfortunately, there is a combination of an anti-science bias that people are — for reasons that sometimes are, you know, inconceivable and not understandable — they just don't believe science and they don't believe authority," Fauci said in an episode of the US Department of Health and Human Services' podcast "Learning Curve" on Wednesday, reports the CNN.
"So when they see someone up in the White House, which has an air of authority to it, who's talking about science, that there are some people who just don't believe that - and that's unfortunate because, you know, science is truth," said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Fauci, who has served six US administrations so far, was seemingly referring to his appearances in White House press conferences during the coronavirus pandemic.
"It's amazing sometimes the denial there is, it's the same thing that gets people who are anti-vaxxers, who don't want people to get vaccinated, even though the data clearly indicate the safety of vaccines," Fauci added.
"That's really a problem."