President Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared on CNN’s “New Day” Tuesday morning, one year after the World Health Organization declared the Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic, and attempted to explain why the Biden administration has yet to say it’s safe to travel again.
Host John Berman asked Fauci to explain the science behind why the CDC has not said it’s safe for people who have been vaccinated to travel.
“We know from the Biden administration that they say it will make its decisions based on science. What’s the science behind not saying it’s safe for people who have been vaccinated, received two doses, to travel?” Berman asked.
Fauci said the CDC is “headed in that direction,” but it is a multi-step process.
Fauci went on to note the guidelines that were released Monday by CDC Director Rochelle Walensky that stated that fully vaccinated people can meet indoors without masks.
“That was the first in a multi-step process that they are going to be rolling out,” Fauci told Berman.
“They’re being careful, understandably. They want to get science. They want to get data. And then when you don’t have the data and you don’t have the actual evidence, then you’ve got to make a judgment call,” Fauci continued.
“I think that’s what you’re going to be seeing in the next weeks. You’re going to see little by little, more and more guidelines getting people to be more and more flexible,” Fauci added, noting there’s currently no data suggesting travel is not safe after receiving the vaccination.
“The first installation of this is what can vaccinated people do in the home setting? Obviously, the next one is going to be what you’re asking. What about travel? What about going out? What about getting a haircut? What about doing things like that? That’s all imminently going to be coming out,” he concluded.
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“I promised Oklahomans that as governor I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that came across my desk and I am proud to keep that promise today. From the moment life begins at conception is when we have a responsibility as human beings to do everything we can to protect that baby’s life and the life of the mother,” Stitt said in a statement. “That is what I believe and that is what the majority of Oklahomans believe.”
The state legislature first approved the bill, which goes into effect immediately, last week. It bans abortions from the moment of fertilization, except for in cases where rape or incest occurred, or where the mother’s life is in danger.
The law also allows for private citizens to sue doctors or those who participate in “producing an abortion for up to $10,000, mimicking the enforcement mechanism in Texas’s fetal heartbeat law” reports National Review.
Under the new law it is a felony offense to perform an abortion, “which will take effect in August unless a court challenge blocks it.”
Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed into law the most restive abortion ban in the United States. pic.twitter.com/nDjCQcG7UI
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