Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, removes a Washington Nationals protective mask during a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee hearing in Washington, DC, the United States, on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
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White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday that he will not be silenced when discussing the science and facts about the coronavirus after a report said a Trump administration official is trying to "blow his nose" on him.
Earlier Wednesday, Politico reported that Paul Alexander, An official with the Department of Health and Human Services tries to prevent Fauci from speaking about the risks the coronavirus poses to children. Alexander, a Trump administration agent, instructed press officers and other staff on what Fauci should say during media interviews, Politico wrote, citing emails.
"I would never be silenced on anything when it comes to science, evidence, and facts," Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, said during an interview on Fox News.
HHS did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment on the Politico report.
Fauci was named director of NIAID in 1984 and has served under six US presidents.
His comments on the pandemic have often been at odds with President Donald Trump and other U.S. officials who have often downplayed the virus. For example, Fauci said Tuesday that a coronavirus vaccine is unlikely to be ready in the November 3rd U.S. presidential election, even after Trump suggested Monday that one could be ready beforehand.
Fauci has also spoken about the multitude of symptoms the virus can manifest, including in children, and warns that some schools should be more careful about reopening.
On Wednesday, Fauci said schools in areas with low rates of coronavirus infection or "green zones" should have no problem getting children back to school.
"If you are in a yellow zone, there is a greater risk. You may want to change your schedule," he said. "When you are in a red zone there is a high level of viral activity. I think you need to think twice before getting kids back to school."