There has been a lull in hearing from White House medical advisor Anthony Fauci in recent weeks, but many will be glad to hear what he most recently said. Fauci declared the United States ‘out of the pandemic phase’ of the novel coronavirus.
However, some are critical as to the manner in which he made the declaration. Fauci’s “comments were buried at the end of an interview with PBS’s NewsHour on Tuesday” and “caused some confusion by saying the ‘pandemic phase’ was over at home but ‘is still ongoing globally” reports Daily Mail.
Fauci said “We are certainly right now in this country out of the pandemic phase.” Well, that sounds great. “Namely, we don’t have 900,000 new infections a day and tens and tens and tens of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths. We are at a low level right now” he continued.
“So, if you’re saying, are we out of the pandemic phase in this country, we are. What we hope to do, I don’t believe — and I have spoken about this widely — we’re not going to eradicate this virus…If we can keep that level very low, and intermittently vaccinate people — and I don’t know how often that would have to be…That might be every year, that might be longer, in order to keep that level low. But, right now, we are not in the pandemic phase in this country…Pandemic means a widespread, throughout the world, infection that spreads rapidly among people. So, if you look at the global situation, there’s no doubt this pandemic is still ongoing.”
Daily Mail writes that health experts pointed out Fauci was adding to confusion over the term pandemic, adding he should have said the ‘US is in a phase of lower hospitalization rate’.
Oddly, Fauci continues his personal policy of mask wearing and general isolation in spite of his comments to PBS. He declined an invitation to the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) Dinner this coming Saturday “because of my individual assessment of my personal risk.”
Internal docs show Amazon censored books on vaccinations due to pressure from Biden White House
Recently released internal Amazon emails reveal the company caved to pressure from the Biden White House to suppress available vaccine information.
Provided to the House Judiciary Committee, the emails light on the extent of the Biden White House’s influence over the retail giant regarding vaccine-related content. The emails disclose a concerning narrative of pressure from government officials to suppress information deemed unfavorable to their agenda.
Republican Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio took to Twitter to disclose the findings, stating that the emails reveal direct pressure from the White House on Amazon to censor books expressing views contrary to those endorsed by the administration. One email, albeit redacted, explicitly poses the question of whether the administration requested the removal of certain books, to which the answer was affirmative.
National Review highlights the successful efforts of the Biden administration in persuading Amazon to limit the visibility of titles skeptical of vaccine efficacy. White House senior adviser for Covid-19 response, Andrew Slavitt, expressed concerns about Amazon’s role in propagating what he termed as “misinformation” regarding vaccines. His emails illustrate a push for action to address what he perceived as a proliferation of dissenting views.
In response to Slavitt’s inquiries, Amazon initially hesitated to take overt action, fearing backlash from conservative media outlets. The company’s internal deliberations reflect a concern for public perception and the potential amplification of the issue if intervention were too conspicuous.
Despite initially refraining from manual intervention, Amazon eventually succumbed to pressure, engaging in discussions with White House officials. The company’s internal documents reveal deliberations on whether the administration sought outright book bans or alterations to search results. Amazon’s stance, as expressed in their meeting with the White House, emphasized the provision of diverse viewpoints and the distinction between online retail and social media platforms.
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— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) February 5, 2024
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