Dr. Francis Collins has spent 12 years as director of the National Institutes of Health – longer than every other individual. He’s stepping away from the job at yr’s finish. However, in a brand new interview with correspondent Rita Braver for “CBS Sunday Morning,” Collins stated he was prepared to step away earlier when he was at odds with former President Donald Trump over the nation’s dealing with of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The interview shall be broadcast Sunday, December 19 on CBS and streamed on Paramount+.
In a wide-ranging interview protecting his profession, the pandemic and extra, Collins informed Braver he has completed every thing he might to remain out of partisan political debates as a result of “it really is not a place where medical research belongs.”
Collins revealed that after the pandemic started, he discovered himself dealing with off with Mr. Trump over Collins’ refusal to endorse scientifically-disproven treatments.
“And I got into a difficult place and got a bit of a talking-to by the president, but I stuck my ground,” Collins stated.
Braver requested, “Would you have resigned if it had come to the White House trying to get you do to something you didn’t want to do?”
“Yeah, I was not going to compromise scientific principles just to hold onto the job,” Collins replied.
Collins additionally informed Braver he resisted assaults from the suitable calling him to fireside certainly one of his key group members – Dr. Anthony Fauci.
“Can you imagine a circumstance where the director of the NIH, somebody who believes in science, would submit to political pressures and fire the greatest expert in infectious diseases the world has known just to satisfy political concerns?” Collins requested.
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