Dr. Fauci’s Interventions

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Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci waits to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., June 23, 2020. (Kevin Dietsch/Reuters Pool)

Dr. Anthony Fauci’s interventions continue to lose coherence and connection from reality.

We are now at the point where Fauci seems to be implying that normality will never come back, and where reasonable people may draw the inference that getting vaccinated is vaguely socially irresponsible.

Take his comments this week, from a report at Business Insider: ”

“There are things, even if you’re vaccinated, that you’re not going to be able to do in society,” Fauci said on Monday during a White House COVID-19 press briefing. “For example, indoor dining, theaters, places where people congregate. That’s because of the safety of society.”

“We hope that when the data comes in, it’s going to show that the virus level is quite low and you’re not transmitting it,” Fauci said, cautioning: “We don’t know that now. And for that reason, we want to make sure that people continue to wear masks despite the fact that they’re vaccinated.”

The first thing to ask is: What planet are you living on? People are dining indoors and going to movie theaters right now. Many schools are open and are managing to keep transmission very low.

Now, the background to Fauci’s comments is that, with some diseases, vaccination may reduce the incidence of serious disease and death, but may not stop people from contracting and transmitting the virus.

Lots of people are taking this and Fauci-like statements about the necessity of continuing to wear masks after vaccination and wondering: What’s the use of the vaccine if we can’t get back to normal life? Or, more distressingly, they wonder if getting the vaccine might be counter-productive because it will suppress symptoms, and therefore when you get the virus you more likely to go out heedlessly and spread it.

This is madness.

In fact the early data we have suggests very strongly that asymptomatic people are very weak transmitters of the disease. The data coming out of Israel which is ahead of almost everyone in giving the top-shelf vaccines to its population, suggests that transmission basically stops among the vaccinated.

The bias of public-health officials towards understating good news in order to keep the public “vigilant” is now long past its sell-by date. I’m noticing far too many people turning toward despair, believing we will never get out of “pandemic time” or turning toward conspiracy theories as the only form of liberation available.

The bottom line needs to be: We are now rapidly making our way out of the pandemic through a combination of acquired and vaccinated immunity, and it is past time to start pressuring all public officials to begin surrendering their emergency powers.

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