Popular medical commentator Dr. Mehmet Oz is running for a seat in the US Senate from Pennsylvania and has begun his campaign focusing on the federal response to the COVID pandemic. Oz has issued a video challenging Dr. Anthony Fauci, the face of the Biden administration’s pandemic policies, to a public debate.
Oz said that Pennsylvania should have a conservative in the Senate who is “America First” and will fight for freedom. He said that as a world-class surgeon and fighter for health care rights, he is stepping forward to “cure our country’s ills.”
Oz told Fauci that he was a “petty tyrant” and said that he “got COVID wrong.” He said that he wants to have it out with Fauci “doctor to doctor” and that his government position has made him the “J. Edgar Hoover of public health.” Oz added that the American people should get the truth about the pandemic and said that he is ready to debate “any time, anywhere.”
Fauci continues to draw negative attention from the public as the most prominent federal government figure after Biden represents the administration’s approach to the pandemic. He has served as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for more than 30 years.
Oz said that as Fauci “continues to get COVID wrong,” he is hearing from people within the public health space as well as the general public. He said that regular doctors like him know that the crisis is not managed correctly.
Concerning COVID vaccines, Oz said that his position is that the decision to receive the vaccine is personal to each American and that it is “your choice, it’s your body.” He said that he advises older persons who are vulnerable to get vaccinated and that local doctors should reinforce that advice. Oz said that he had been vaccinated.