Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted that he has been consistently lying to the American people in order to protect them from information that he determined they were unable to handle.
On Thursday, Dec. 24—Fauci’s eightieth birthday—the New York Times reported that Fauci had “acknowledged” that he has been slowly, but intentionally, modifying his estimates regarding what percentage of the American population must contract the virus in order for herd immunity to begin to offer protections.
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been lauded by Democrats across the nation for his various efforts in combating the Chinese Coronavirus.
The District of Columbia’s Mayor, Muriel Bowser emphatically declared December 24, 2020 “Anthony S. Fauci Day” in the nation’s capital.
Unfortunately, the man the Left feels is worthy of renaming Christmas Eve for is a liar.
In an interview with the New York Times, Fauci said that his lies were partly predicated on new science, and partly on his gut feeling that the country is finally ready to hear what he really thinks.
In the early days of the Pandemic, Fauci asserted that roughly 60 to 70 percent of the American population had to get the virus in order for herd immunity.
During television interviews conducted between Halloween and Thanksgiving, he began saying 70 to 75 percent.
In an interview with CNBC’s Meg Tirrell on Dec. 16, Fauci stated that in order to “get herd immunity,” which he describes as “a degree of protection in society that the virus really has no place to go,” somewhere between “70, 75, maybe 80-plus percent of the population” would need to be vaccinated and/or have had the virus.
“The number that I’ve been using, again, is an estimate,” Fauci told Tirrell. “I say between 75, 80, and 85 percent of the population. If we get that, we would develop an umbrella of immunity.”
In a phone interview with the New York Times the following day (Dec. 17), Fauci admitted to lying and “nudging” his estimates up.
Fauci believes that it may actually take closer to 90 percent immunity in order to stop the virus—he just didn’t want to say it.
“When polls said only about half of all Americans would take a vaccine, I was saying herd immunity would take 70 to 75 percent,” Fauci said. “Then, when newer surveys said 60 percent or more would take it, I thought, ‘I can nudge this up a bit,’ so I went to 80, 85.”
According to Fauci, his reluctance to be honest with the American people was also partly based on the fact that he didn’t feel “ready” to tell them that the return to normal may take even longer than initially expected.
“We need to have some humility here,” Fauci asserted. “We really don’t know what the real number is. I think the real range is somewhere between 70 to 90 percent. But, I’m not going to say 90 percent.”
He said doing so might be discouraging to Americans.
According to the New York Times, Fauci said he had hesitated to publicly raise his estimate because many Americans seemed reluctant about receiving COVID-19 vaccines, which they would need to accept almost universally in order for the country to achieve herd immunity.
On its website, the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health provides an explanation of herd immunity:
When most of a population is immune to an infectious disease, this provides indirect protection—or herd immunity (also called herd protection)—to those who are not immune to the disease. For example, if 80% of a population is immune to a virus, four out of every five people who encounter someone with the disease won’t get sick (and won’t spread the disease any further). In this way, the spread of infectious diseases is kept under control. Depending how contagious an infection is, usually 50% to 90% of a population needs immunity to achieve herd immunity.What is Herd Immunity and How Can We Achieve It With COVID-19? | John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health | April 10, 2020