Dr. Fauci resumes coronavirus briefings at White House under Biden administration

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National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci smiles as White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (L) speaks to reporters during the daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC on January 21, 2021. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci smiles as White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (L) speaks to reporters during the daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC on January 21, 2021. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Dr. Anthony Fauci is back in the White House briefing room.

Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, was tasked by President Joe Biden to give an update on the coronavirus pandemic after largely being sidelined in recent months by former president Donald Trump.

Fauci said the new administration would “be completely open and honest” in dealing with the pandemic and, in an implicit rebuke to the Trump administration, said everything now would be “based on science and evidence.”

He also said in the Biden administration, the rule would be “if you don’t know the answer, don’t guess.”

Fauci, who repeatedly attacked by Trump for breaking with his rosy view of the pandemic, provided an update on the new, more contagious strains of the virus, which has now claimed the lives of more than 400,000 Americans.

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