Representing women physicians and physicians in training in the United States, the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) advocates for professional equity, excellence in patient care. We are committed to a reliance on evidence-based research to guide medical decision-making and inform health policy. The medical challenges arising from Covid-19 have elevated the urgency of our mission.
In this moment, we need rigorous scientific methodology and expert evaluation of data in order to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. With so much uncertainty and disinformation, it is essential that we can reassure our patients that our public health experts and health practitioners are their most reliable sources of information.
As the United States faces a novel virus with no cure and no vaccine, AMWA looks to Anthony Fauci, MD, as the foremost authority to lead us through this public health crisis. Dr. Fauci has been director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for more than 30 years, and an advisor to six Presidents. He has been steadfast and forthright in his commitment to sharing the facts and evolving understanding of the complexities of this novel disease with the public. As such, the assault on Dr. Fauci’s reputation, character, and leadership must be repudiated.
The American Medical Women’s Association declares our full support for Dr. Fauci as a key expert in leading the nation through this crisis. He is an apolitical scientist whose only agenda is to provide the best possible evidence-based guidance to the leaders and people of this country.
Most importantly, Dr. Fauci deserves both our gratitude and respect, and he must be given unmitigated freedom to continue in his role in keeping the nation accurately informed about protocols and practices to prevent infection and in the development of safe and effective treatments and vaccines.
It is our expectation that Dr. Fauci will continue to be included as a critical member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. His measured insights are essential to assuring a well-informed response today and in the foreseeable future.
The American Medical Women’s Association adds our voice to the growing number of professional organizations and individuals who are championing Dr. Fauci’s leadership and need to retain high public visibility, which we deem essential to fully inform our clinical practice and is in the best interest of our patients.