Republican MP Jim Jordan and the country’s foremost infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, got into a violent exchange on Thursday about the country’s Covid-19 mitigation measures, which ended with Democratic MP Maxine Waters telling Jordan to “shut up”.
During a subcommittee hearing of the House of Representatives on the federal government’s response to the pandemic, Jordan, an Ohio Conservative, asked Fauci when the nation could begin easing physical distancing and masking measures, and asked when Americans would exercise their liberties and freedoms Fauci, the director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, responded that more Americans are being vaccinated in the US and that the level of coronavirus infection is so low that it is “no longer a threat.” / p> “We had 15 days to slow the spread and turn into a year of lost freedom,” said Jordan. “What metrics, what actions, what must happen before Americans get more freedoms back?”
“You are displaying freedom and freedom. I see it as a public health measure to prevent people from dying and ins Go to the hospital, “countered Fauci.” This will certainly end when the infection level is very low. It is now at such a high level that big waves are threatening again. “
Fauci defended his recommendations as consistent and supported himself to the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of Covid-19.
“We currently have around 60,000 infections daily, which is a very high risk of recurrence. We are not talking about freedoms. We are talking about a pandemic , which killed 560,000 Americans, “said Fauci, who later said his” best guess “was that the number of infections per day is” well under “10,000 per day.
The back and forth r between Fauci and Jordan – which previously clashed – it took a few minutes for subcommittee chairman James Clyburn of South Carolina to announce that Jordan time was up.
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When Jordan tried to question Fauci further, Democratic MP Maxine Waters threw herself across the room.
Later in the hearing, when Jordan Fauci asked the same questions and wondered if Americans would be wearing masks in two years, Fauci told the congressman he had “scolded”.
Thursday’s hearing should review the Biden government’s progress on vaccines with CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky and the Chief Science Officer of the Covid-19 response Dr. Investigate David Kessler as a witness.