Dr Anthony Fauci, America’s leading infectious disease specialist, has heaped praise on Victoria for the state’s recovery from the second coronavirus wave.
Speaking with Doherty Institute director Sharon Lewin on a University of Melbourne forum, Dr Fauci said Australia had done “quite well” in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I would like to say the same for the United States, but the numbers speak for themselves,” he said.
“Although there’s many positives of independent states, when you’re dealing with a pandemic and you say ‘we need everyone to be doing A, B and C’, and all of a sudden state 43 does this and state 27 does that, it becomes very difficult.”
Dr Fauci particularly commended Victorians for embracing masks.
“I really wish that we could transplant that kind of mentality here, because masks in the United States have almost become a political statement,” he said.