- Dr. Anthony Fauci said it was ‘too soon’ to say whether Americans can gather for Christmas in an interview Sunday on Face the Nation
- CBS News’ Margaret Brennan asked Fauci about the December holiday after he voiced cautious optimism about the country’s COVID-19 numbers going down
- Fauci warned that the country needed to remain vigilant
- ‘You know, Margaret, it’s just too soon to tell,’ Fauci said about Christmas
- He added, ‘We’ve just got to keep concentrating on continuing to get those numbers down and not try to jump ahead by weeks or months’
- On CNN’s State of the Union, Fauci knocked down a belief on the right that immigrants share a high degree of responsibility for the spread of COVID-19
- ‘Certainly immigrants can get infected, but they’re not the driving force of this, let’s face reality here,’ Fauci said
CBS News’ Margaret Brennan asked Fauci about the December holiday after he voiced cautious optimism about the country’s COVID-19 numbers going down – however warned that the country needed to remain viligant.
‘You know, Margaret, it’s just too soon to tell,’ President Joe Biden‘s chief medical expert said about Christmas. ‘We’ve just got to keep concentrating 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.’
Fauci was doing the rounds on the Sunday shows.
On CNN’s State of the Union, he knocked down a belief stoked by Republicans saying that immigrants were ‘absolutely not’ driving the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S.
‘When you have 700,000 Americans dead and millions and million and millions of Americans getting infected, you don’t want to look outside to the problem. The problem is within our own country,’ Fauci said. ‘Certainly immigrants can get infected, but they’re not the driving force of this, let’s face reality here.’
CNN’s Dana Bash had asked Fauci about a Kaiser Family Foundation poll that found 55 per cent of Republicans and 40 per cent of unvaccinated respondents blamed immigrants and tourists for bringing COVID-19 into the country and for the country’s high case rates.
Republicans also ranked immigrants as the biggest factor impacting COVID-19 transmission.
Fauci was also asked about Title 42, which allows the U.S. government to quickly deport border crossers due to the ongoing pandemic.
‘I am not as familiar with the intricacies of that to make any comment about that rule,’ Fauci first said before adding, ‘my feeling has always been that focusing on immigrants, expelling them or what have you, is not the solution to an outbreak.’
Bash also asked Fauci if he believed former President Donald Trump should get a COVID-19 booster shot on-camera.
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French President Emmanuel Macron Says Someone Who Refuses COVID Vaccine Is ‘Not a Citizen’
French president Macron’s desire to ‘piss off’ unvaccinated individuals triggers outrage
Macron spoke candidly during an interview with French newspaper Le Parisien, during which he said that he wanted to make life difficult for individuals who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine. The French “sanitary pass” has prompted a number of protests and stiff opposition while the country nears 75% full vaccination.
“I really want to piss them off, and we’ll carry on doing this – to the end,” Macron said three months ahead of a presidential election. “I won’t send [unvaccinated people] to prison, so we need to tell them, from 15 January, you will no longer be able to go to the restaurant. You will no longer be able to go for a coffee, you will no longer be able to go to the theatre. You will no longer be able to go to the cinema.”
The French Parliament heard Macron’s comments during a debate over his proposed bill to tighten restrictions for unvaccinated individuals, leading to a swift and strong uproar in response.
His opponents have labeled the comments “unworthy” of a president.
“Even if one doesn’t share their choice, they have broken none of our country’s laws,” Marine Le Pen, Macron’s chief opponent in the upcoming election, told reporters late Tuesday. “He is continuing his policy of division, of pitting the French against one another.”
She later tweeted “A president shouldn’t say that…Emmanuel Macron is unworthy of his office.”
Leftist politician Jean-Luc Melanchon described the remarks as an “astonishing confession,” according to the BBC.
But Macron’s allies have defended the comments, with Stéphane Séjourné, a member of the European Parliament, arguing on Twitter that unvaccinated individuals have “bothered” the French by “forcing the rest of the population to endure restrictions.”
Debate over Macron’s bill continue into Wednesday as opponents still seek to delay its passage. Some of his supporters claimed to have received death threats because they are backing the legislation, The New York Times reported.
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