Dr. Anthony Fauci wears Nationals-themed mask to House testimony
Dr. Anthony Fauci showed up Tuesday for his testimony in front of a House committee donning a Washington Nationals-themed face mask.
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and one of the lead members of the Trump Administration’s White House Coronavirus Task Force is a longtime Nats fan, so his choice in masks hardly comes as a surprise.
Dr. Anthony Fauci wears a Washington Nationals face mask as he and other members of the White House coronavirus task force arrive to testify before a House committee. https://t.co/T4P7GkPkTF pic.twitter.com/OiHAEHVOFt— ABC News (@ABC) June 23, 2020
During his testimony, Dr. Fauci declined to rule out a vaccine for COVID-19 being ready by late this year or early in 2021, saying it’s “when and not if.”
Regarding Fauci’s Nationals fandom, the esteemed doctor made it clear back in April he could not wait to see his favorite MLB team back in action.
“I think you’ll probably get enough buy-in from people who are dying to see a baseball game, particularly me,” Fauci said. “I’m living in Washington, we have the world champion Washington Nationals. I want to see them play again.”
That being said, Fauci has stressed that all sports leagues, from the college ranks to the pros, will have no choice but to exercise extreme caution with any resumption and/or start to play. In fact, Fauci generated a minor controversy last week over his remarks about football in the fall, during which he said a “bubble” format would be needed. Fauci later clarified his comments.
“It’s unfortunate that it’s been somehow spun that I’m the person in the way of a football season,” Fauci said. “Absolutely not.”
Regarding the still-uncertain start to an abbreviated MLB season, Dr. Fauci recently warned the league that it’s imperative to conclude play before October in order to avoid transmission of the coronavirus.