Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recognized the “incredible courage and dignity and strength” of the gay community while standing next to Vice President Mike Pence during a White House press briefing Tuesday.
While discussing how COVID-19 is killing Black Americans at disproportionately high rates, Dr. Fauci drew comparisons between the current coronavirus pandemic and the HIV/AIDS crisis regarding how they affect minority communities.
“A greater portion of my career has been defined by HIV/AIDS,” said Dr. Fauci, who has held his position since 1984. “During that time, there was extraordinary stigma, particularly against the gay community. It was only when the world realized how the gay community responded to this outbreak with incredible courage and dignity and strength and activism… I think that really changed some of the stigma against the gay community.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci: "When all this is over, and as we've said, it will end. We will get over Coronavirus, but there will still be health disparities, which we really do need to address in the African American community."
— CSPAN (@cspan) April 7, 2020