Dr. Oz called for Dr. Anthony Fauci to resign over his stance on COVID

Dr. Mehmet Oz said on his TV show Friday that he believes Dr. Anthony Fauci should resign over his statement that Americans have no reason to fear a drug called CVID. Dr. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is quoted in a column from The New York Times that argues CVID has “its pros and cons,” and comes with “some trade-offs.” His article comes at a time when many people have been concerned about the dangers of opioids.

Dr. Oz said on his show, however, that Fauci’s article “was obviously misleading to the American public.”

He also suggested that Fauci should resign in light of two other recent incidents in which he has disappointed Americans: The first happened in July, when he advised Americans to stop eating beef and start eating eggs. (It’s important to note that there is still a debate about whether eggs are better for us or cows.)

“How can he be the head of NIAID and then advocate Americans to begin eating eggs?” Dr. Oz asked on Friday. “We were quite shocked by that. As a physician who was trained in the field, I just can’t believe it.”

And then on his show on Thursday, he said, “if you have a Tylenol headache after someone else took Tylenol, you should ask yourself is this person feeding you bullshit?” He continued: “I was shocked by this. You’re comparing Tylenol with an antibiotic? You’re in serious trouble. You’re a big deal, sir.”

Dr. Oz added that he believed Fauci had demonstrated “bad judgment” in his decision to make such statements, and that he “should be held accountable for his actions.”

The Times published its piece on Friday by explaining that the drug in question, COVID, is a derivative of levin, but that it has side effects, including nausea and anxiety. The article also explains that COVID is not a dangerous drug, and does not treat cancer or AIDS, according to the drug’s maker, Teva Pharmaceuticals. The article notes that Food and Drug Administration guidelines advise doctors not to use COVID for uses where people have already been successfully treated. Instead, FDA guidelines do not recommend that doctors prescribe COVID for any patient with a viral infection, including HIV, according to the Times article.

Fauci’s views have caused controversy before. In 2010, he told a Florida news station that people who took steroid painkiller Vioxx had been “cooking their own deaths.”

In 2017, an influential group of doctors sent a letter to the FDA asking for the government agency to investigate whether COVID was safe and effective, according to the Times. The FDA’s drug safety director, Dr. Robert Califf, said at the time that the scientists’ observations “raised many questions that we will discuss with our colleagues across the FDA and seek their judgment on whether or not we should use these findings as scientific evidence to support a new approval application” for COVID.

Fauci was the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases when the letter was issued.

Watch Dr. Oz’s full discussion on COVID:

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