When the heck can we enjoy a meal out, or go to church, without being told not to because of COVID-19? That's the gist of a question put to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, by a Republican during a House panel about the coronavirus earlier this week. When asked about it this morning on CNN's State of the Union, Fauci had an answer for all Republicans. Read on to see what he said—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss this urgent news: Here's How You Can Catch COVID Even If You're Vaccinated.
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On this morning's program, CNN's Dana Bash said to Fauci: "We are seeing more and more pushback to COVID restrictions from Republicans," and she played Fauci a clip of Ohio Republican Jim Jordan, speaking heatedly with Fauci before a House panel earlier this week.
Jordan: "You don't think American's liberties have been threatened the last year, Dr. Fauci? They've been assaulted. Their liberties have—"
Fauci: "I don't look at this as a liberty thing, Congressman Jordan—"
Jordan: "Well, that's obvious—"
Fauci: I look at it "as a public health thing."
"Hearing comments like these have real sway with some people out there," said Bash. "A new poll this week shows that 43% of Republicans still don't want to get the vaccine. How frustrating is this for you, Dr. Fauci?"
"You know, Dana, it is quite frustrating because the fact that one may not want to get vaccinated—in this case, a disturbingly large proportion of Republicans—only actually works against where they want to be," said Dr. Fauci. "They want to be able to say these restrictions that are put on by public health recommendations are things that they're very concerned about. We're all concerned about that. We share that concern, but the way you get rid of those restrictions is to get as many people vaccinated as quickly and as expeditiously as possible. Because when that happens for absolutely certain, you're going to see the level of virus in the community go down and down and down to the point where you would not have to have those public health restrictions. So 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 get vaccinated. It just almost doesn't make any sense."
Dr. Fauci Said It's "Not a Civil Liberties Issue"
Bash asked Fauci if there's anything he'd like to say about the Jordan exchange, now that he was on cable TV and not before Congress. After a chuckle, Fauci said: "I don't enjoy those kinds of confrontations, but I mean, it was very, very clear that he was talking about liberties that were being restricted. We're talking about the fact that 560,000 people in our country have died. We're talking about 70,000, 60 to 70,000 new infections per day. That's the issue. This is a public health issue. It's not a civil liberties issue." And to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Signs Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise.