Fauci responded, “Well, Margaret, I believe just the way the CDC has recommended. That when you are in a situation where you have a dynamics of virus in the community, where there’s clearly a lot of spread, even if you are vaccinated, and you are in an indoor setting, a congregate setting, it just makes sense to wear a mask. And to avoid high-risk situations.” Unless, of course, you are attending the Emmys, Barack Obama’s birthday party, or the Met Gala–or if you are San Francisco Mayor London Breed. Then you can drink, nosh, and dance maskless to your heart’s content.
Brennan then asked if Americans could gather for Christmas or if it was too soon to tell. Fauci responded, “You know, Margaret, it’s just too soon to tell. We’ve just got to concentrate on continuing to get those numbers down and not try to jump ahead by weeks or months and say what we’re going to do at a particular time. Let’s continue to focus like a laser to get those cases down.”
Going back to measuring the pandemic by cases is absurd. Fauci and other health agency bureaucrats tell us vaccination significantly reduces the risk of hospitalization and death. That should mean hospitalization for COVID-19 and deaths from COVID-19 are the measure of the pandemic severity. Fauci then went on to say that vaccination diminishes infection. Yet we know from the CDC that vaccines do not prevent infection and transmission. They halt disease severity.
Brennan asked Fauci if Biden’s vaccine mandate was just a stunt since the message’s urgency has not been matched by the speed of enforcement from OSHA. Fauci noted that universities and some businesses were moving ahead with mandates anyway. Then his inner authoritarian came out: “When you do that, when you tell people that their alternative is that if you don’t get vaccinated, you’re not going to be able to work or you’re not going to be able to go to school–I think that the emergent nature of what we’re dealing with actually does justify that.”