January 23, 2022

With the Covid in the United States, Fauci can no longer bear the Republicans

UNITED STATES – The tone has gone up a notch. Dr Anthony Fauci, White House adviser on Covid-19, accused a Republican senator on Tuesday, January 11, of encouraging the “deranged” threatening him with death, by maintaining lies about him.

This new battle between Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and the immunologist, who have faced each other in the past, took place during a hearing of a United States Senate committee on the American management of the disease. pandemic.

“More people died under President Biden than under President Trump. You are responsible, you are the architect of the government’s response, and today 800,000 people have died ”from Covid-19 in the country, said the senator.

Fauci, director of the American National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIAID), responded by taking part in the commission, during a sequence broadcast live on CNN. “What happens when he accuses me of things that are entirely wrong is all of a sudden it stirs up the deranged, and I have death threats hanging over me, my family is harassed and my children receive shocking phone calls, ”he blurted out.

Fauci recalled that at the end of December, a man was arrested on his way from California to the American capital, armed with a semi-automatic rifle and ammunition. “The police arrested him and asked him where he was going, and he was going to Washington to kill Dr. Fauci. (…) Because he thinks that maybe I’m killing people, ”said the scientist.

He then showed an image from Rand Paul’s website, bearing the slogan “Sack Dr Fauci” next to his face, and calling on the public to donate money to support the senator’s election campaign. “You are shaping a catastrophic epidemic for your political game,” accused Anthony Fauci.

These very tense exchanges, a reflection of a strong politicization of the pandemic in the United States where divisions have continued to widen, particularly concerning preventive measures, have continued against Roger Marshall, Republican senator from Kansas.

While the member of the Senate used the debate to complain about not having access to the financial statements of Doctor Fauci, the latter retorted by recalling that the documents in question were available to anyone who requested them.

A conversation that he ended annoyed to say the least, throwing a “what remains … it’s not possible” that the microphones have picked up, as you can see below.

The United States has surpassed its record for the number of people hospitalized with Covid-19, with nearly 146,000 infected patients currently occupying hospital beds across the country. Among them, nearly 24,000 were in intensive care, according to data from the US Department of Health on Tuesday.

“We are not at the point where we can say in an acceptable way, ‘live with’” the virus, in part because of the current pressure on the health care system. “But I think we’ll get there,” Fauci said Tuesday.

He added that the Omicron variant, because of its very high contagiousness, would likely infect “almost everyone”, and that it was highly unlikely that Covid-19 could be completely eliminated. But “we can not let this virus dominate our lives much longer”, hammered the scientist, pleading for the establishment of a “new strategy” soon.

The risk of hospitalization is much greater for the unvaccinated than for the vaccinated, repeated Tuesday Dr. Anthony Fauci during a hearing in Congress, where he also accused a Republican senator of encouraging death threats against him.

In New York City at the end of December, per 100,000 people, the number of daily hospitalizations was just over 58 among unvaccinated people, compared to just under 5 among fully vaccinated people.

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