During a question-and-answer session in 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that national vaccine mandates would be “encroaching upon a person’s freedom.” Watch:
“You know, I don’t think we’ve ever had a situation where you mandated for the general population,” Fauci said.
“That has not happened, ever, to my knowledge, at a national level or even at a state level,” he continued. “So, I could see individual institutions mandating a vaccine. I don’t see it at a national level.”
“Merely, because of all of the situations you have upon, encroaching upon a person’s freedom to make their own choice on their own health,” he added.
At a Thursday address to the nation, President Joe Biden dismissed ethical and moral issues with his sweeping executive order to mandate federal employees and contractors, an estimated 100 million Americans in the U.S. labor force, be vaccinated or be terminated from their jobs.
“This is not about freedom or personal choice,” Biden said. “It’s about protecting yourself and those around you, the people you work with, the people you care about, the people you love. My job as president is to protect all Americans.”
President Biden himself had pledged before entering office that he would not implement a national vaccine mandate.
“I don’t think it should be mandatory. I wouldn’t demand it to be mandatory,” then President-Elect Biden said at a news conference in Wilmington, Delaware. “Just like I don’t think masks have to be made mandatory nationwide.”
“I’ll do everything in my power as president of the United States to encourage people to do the right thing and when they do it, demonstrate that it matters,” he said.
In July, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said a vaccine mandate was “not the federal government’s role.” In May, Psaki said that the White House would never allow a system to verify if Americans were mandatorily vaccinated.
“The government is not now nor will we be supporting a system that requires Americans to carry a credential,” Psaki said.
“There will be no federal vaccinations database and no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential,” the press secretary added.
In July, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky also promised there would be “no federal mandate.”
“To clarify: There will be no nationwide mandate. I was referring to mandates by private institutions and portions of the federal government,” Walensky wrote in a Twitter post. “There will be no federal mandate.”
President Biden’s executive order, however, would fine businesses over 100 employees up to $14,000 for each violation for failing to ensure employees are vaccinated or are tested weekly.
The executive orders ignore natural immunity, which is a form of immunity against Covid-19 that follows patient exposure. In May, the CDC estimated that a combined 83% of the U.S. population has some immunity to Covid-19 through vaccination or through virus exposure.
That 83% figure – sufficient under most conditions to halt a pandemic – is sure to be much higher after a surge of Delta variant cases.
On Friday, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta asked Dr. Fauci about an Israeli study on natural immunity that indicated that it was superior to vaccinated immunity. Israel, a relatively highly vaccinated country, is struggling with an explosion of Delta variant cases.
Dr. Fauci was finally asked why people with natural immunity should be required to get the covid vaccine given studies that show we have more protection. pic.twitter.com/B1NsHneUvE
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) September 10, 2021
“You know, that’s a really good point Sanjay, I don’t have a really firm answer for you on that,” Fauci responded. “That is something we are going to have to discuss regarding the durability of the response.”
Dr. Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, was recently exposed as having misled Congress about his agency’s funding of ‘gain-of-function’ research in all-but-name-only at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China.
Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, a House Republican from Pennsylvania, demanded that Dr. Fauci be held to account on Thursday.
“There are two reasons why Fauci should be prosecuted, or at least charges should be brought against him for lying to Congress,” Reschenthaler told “John Bachman Now.” “Fauci has repeatedly lied on this issue. He was obviously lying to Sen. [Rand] Paul and [he] gave him the opportunity to correct the record. He didn’t. He’s been that blatant.”
“He’s been misleading the public, which has led to a lot of mistrust of the science, a lot of confusion with the strategy going forward, and it’s very clear that we cannot believe Dr. Fauci,” the Congressman added.
Senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican who has confronted Dr. Fauci in a number of Senate battles, believes the proof is so incontrovertible that the doctor should be charged with perjury.
“It’s a felony punishable by five years in jail. We’ve referred it to the Department of Justice. I don’t think Biden’s Department of Justice will do anything with it, but yes, it is very dangerous to have public officials, who we need to have trust in, coming and lying to us,” Paul told Sean Hannity on Tuesday night.
Dr. Anthony Fauci’s statements are so inconsistent that there is simply no basis remaining for public trust. Dr. Fauci once clearly articulated everything that is morally wrong with a national vaccine mandate. Now, he remains silent, when speaking up would matter most.
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