Dr. Fauci is has doubled down on his claims that Americans civil liberties are as important as public health emergencies.
Earlier in the week Rep. Jim Jordan hammered Fauci who brushed aside Americans losing their rights during the pandemic. Fauci also refused to give a metric for when pandemic with end.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) April 15, 2021
During an appearance on CNN Fauci was asked if he had anything to say in response to the tongue lashing he took before Congress. Fauci said, “”I don’t enjoy those kinds of confrontations. “But it was very, very clear that he was talking about liberties that were being restricted. This has nothing to do with liberties.”
What Fauci says here is absurd. That COVID is a public health crisis doesn’t mean it “has nothing to do with civil liberties.” Of course lockdowns, mandates, vaccine passports, etc. affect civil liberties. Doesn’t mean those rights should always prevail, but denying that is inane https://t.co/UkwpMqpzSS
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 18, 2021
Dr. Fauci also mocked those that are choosing not to be vaccinated saying, “It’s almost paradoxical, that on the one hand, they want to be relieved of the restrictions, but on the other hand, they don’t want to be vaccinated. It just almost doesn’t make any sense.”
Dr. Fauci on Republicans who don’t want to get the vaccine: “It’s almost paradoxical, that on the one hand, they want to be relieved of the restrictions, but on the other hand, they don’t want to be vaccinated.”
“It just almost doesn’t make any sense.” pic.twitter.com/v2cT1qJ2el
— The Recount (@therecount) April 18, 2021
During the interview Fauci also said, we may be wearing masks forever.
“The issue is it depends on what you mean by safe and relative risks. Let me explain, Dana. The first thing you have to realize when you get vaccinated, your risk of getting effective dramatically diminishes and is very low. So then the question is, why are there restrictions? There are because, in certain circumstances, one can get vaccinated, have no clinical disease at all but get infected and not even know it and have replication of virus in your nasal pharynx and inadvertently transfer it to someone else who might actually be un-vaccinated and get ill.”
He added, “The other reason for wearing a mask is that there are variants that are circulating, and although they’re unusual, we are seeing breakthrough infections, but we’re also seeing variants that are a bit disturbing. Fortunately for us, the 117, which is the variant that was originating in the UK, our vaccines are very effective against them. When people say, why can’t I go? You can travel. Your risk is really very low the CDC is saying that it depends on what your level of risk that you want to take. the one thing you want to do is be careful that you don’t inadvertently infect someone else or that given the fact that we have 70,000, 60-to-70,000 new infection infections in the community, that is a precarious situation. That’s the point. So we don’t want people to think that you don’t dramatically diminish your risk when you get vaccinated. You absolutely do. The risk is very low. And people who make decisions about what they want to do and it will be a relative risk. what risk am I willing to take?”
April 18, 2021
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