Dr. Anthony Fauci on the role of science in democracy

After Dr. Anthony Fauci delivered McGill University's 2021 Beatty Lecture earlier this month, the leader of the U.S. pandemic response spoke with IDEAS host Nahlah Ayed about the place of science in democracy.
Dr. Anthony Fauci has been the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984. The physician-scientist and immunologist has advised seven U.S. presidents, starting with Ronald Reagan. (Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)

For over four decades, Dr. Anthony Fauci has served as medical advisor to seven U.S. Presidents.

With the COVID-19 death toll in the United States having surpassed 730,000, Dr. Anthony Fauci told IDEAS that he finds it "mind-boggling" that partisanship and skepticism of science continue to fuel the pandemic.

Earlier this month, Dr. Fauci delivered McGill University's Beatty Lecture addressing the role science plays in healthy democracies. He spoke with IDEAS host Nahlah Ayed after his lecture over Zoom.

"One of the things that has been the source of considerable confusion is the lack of appreciation that science is evidence and data … Science evolves and science corrects itself," said Fauci in his conversation with Ayed.

Watch Dr. Fauci's McGill University's Beatty Lecture and Nahlah Ayed's full interview 

Other guests in this episode:

Maya Goldenberg is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Guelph. Her research centres on the philosophy of science and medicine, with an interest in the connection between science and values. Her recent book is Vaccine Hesitancy: Public Trust, Expertise and the War on Science.

Prativa Baral is a doctoral candidate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a research assistant with Canada's COVID-19 Immunity Task Force. She was the co-moderator of the McGill University Beatty Lecturer's conversation with students.

Emily MacLean is a research assistant in the McGill International TB Centre, currently pursuing her Ph.D. in epidemiology. 

* This episode was produced by Nicola Luksic.

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