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Fauci calls WHO ‘flawed organization,’ investment in Operation Warp Speed was ‘very smart’

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In a Fox News interview with Bill Hemmer, Dr. Anthony Fauci discussed everything from the coronavirus vaccine to holiday suggestions and even the World Health Organization. 

Fauci said that at the time he took his position in 1984, he never could have imagined a vaccine getting approved for distribution so quickly. 

“It would have been unimaginable at the time I took the position as director of this institute where vaccines, from the time you actually identified the particular pathogen – generally a virus – to the time you got it approved and ready to put into people would be measured in several years,” he said.  

“It’s a testimony to the advances in biomedical research and technology as well as the enormous amount of resources that have been poured into Operation Warp Speed to make this possible with this vaccine and other candidates that are on the pipeline,” he added.  

Fauci explained that “the technology is the thing that did it and it’s also the nature of the virus itself.” 

While many have criticized President Trump for his efforts in Operation Warp Speed, Fauci said that the investment made was “very very smart.” 

“What happened is that the investment that was made in Operation Warp Speed was a very very smart, important investment because what one does with that, you combine the exquisite nature of the technology which allowed you to do it quickly with an investment that in fact makes the process go much more quickly because instead of waiting for one endpoint to go to the next to the next,  you make a risky investment,” he said. 

“The risk is not the safety, the risk is not the scientific integrity, the risk is the money…if it doesn’t work, you lost a lot of money,” he added.  

In terms of timing for the vaccine, Fauci explained that distribution will occur in tiers. 

“By likely the end of December, the people who are in the first tier of prioritization, which has not yet been determined, it will be determined by the CDC together with advice from the advisory committee on immunization practices. It’s likely going to be people who are healthcare workers and high risk people.” 

While the CDC and leadership in several states are urging people not to celebrate Thanksgiving, Fauci said that every family should do what they feel is best for them. 

“You can’t make one prescriptive determination for everyone. Everyone is different. Everyone has a different feel for the type of risks they would like to take,” he said. 

“The circumstances within families are different. So the only thing that I called for at the press briefing at the White House yesterday was that each individual family unit do a risk benefit determination that works for you because there are some families that want to just have the family unit that lives in the house. There are a lot of others that are going to want to have visitors come in. So you say to yourself, ‘do we have in our family a vulnerable person, an elderly person?’ You’ve got to make your determination as an individual family unit. I don’t say that this is the rules everyone should do, I’m just asking, pause for a moment and do a determination of the risk benefit within your family group and then when you make your decision, that’s your decision.” 

When asked about his opinion on the WHO, Fauci said he agrees with President Trump that it is a flawed organization. 

“The president makes some good points that it is a flawed organization. His approach was that if that’s the case, we’re getting out until they fix it and I would say let’s try and fix it as we’re moving along because the world does need a WHO. So we both agree that it is a flawed organization but how you address that flaw might be different.” 

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  1. Josef Ogwapit

    November 24, 2020 at 8:34 am

    Hello Fauci now you are talking sense when it is too late! You sided with the left now it is going to haunt you for the rest of your life

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Kamala Harris Tests Positive For COVID-19

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On Tuesday, the White House announced that Vice President Kamala Harris has tested positive for COVID-19 and is not currently showing symptoms.

“Today, Vice President Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on rapid and PCR tests,” said Kirsten Allen, press secretary to the vice president. “She has exhibited no symptoms, will isolate and continue to work from the Vice President’s residence. She has not been a close contact to the President or First Lady due to their respective recent travel schedules. She will follow CDC guidelines and the advice of her physicians. The Vice President will return to the White House when she tests negative.”

Harris wrote on Twitter that she was going to continue to isolate and is showing no symptoms.

“Today I tested positive for COVID-19. I have no symptoms, and I will continue to isolate and follow CDC guidelines. I’m grateful to be both vaccinated and boosted,” Harris tweeted.

Harris last reportedly saw President Biden at the Easter Egg Roll on April 18 before leaving for California, which she returned from on April 25.

The vice president has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and has received two booster shots, receiving the second booster on April 1.

“Yesterday I received my second COVID-19 booster shot,” Harris tweeted on April 2. “We know that getting vaccinated is the best form of protection from this virus and boosters are critical in providing an additional level of protection. If you haven’t received your first booster—do it today.”

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At Least 3 US Airlines Will Restore Flight Privileges To Some Mask Violators

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At least three major U.S. airlines – Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines – have now said they will allow some passengers who were banned from their planes over mask violations to have their flight privileges restored – determined on a case-by-case basis.

On Wednesday, Delta released a statement saying, “At Delta, nothing is more important than the safety and security of our customers and our people. With masks now optional, Delta will restore flight privileges for customers on the mask non-compliance no-fly list only after each case is reviewed and each customer demonstrates an understanding of their expected behavior when flying with us.”

“Any further disregard for the policies that keep us all safe will result in placement on Delta’s permanent no-fly list. Customers who demonstrated egregious behavior and are already on the permanent no-fly list remain barred from flying with Delta,” the statement added.

United Airlines similarly announced it will allow passengers it banned for not following mask rules to be allowed to fly again.

“On a case-by-case basis, we will allow some customers who were previously banned for failing to comply with mask-related rules to fly United again — after ensuring their commitment to follow all crewmember instructions on board,” United Airlines said in a statement.

American Airlines will also allow passengers banned for violating mask rules “to resume travel at some point in time,” according to the company’s chief government affairs officer, Nate Gatten.

“In cases where an incident may have started with face mask noncompliance and escalated into anything involving something more serious, or certainly an assault on one of our key members or customers, those passengers are going to remain on our permanent internal refuse list and will never be allowed to travel with us again,” Gatten said.

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