Fauci hearing – live: Doctor calls Senator Marshall ‘moron’ on hot mic and says Rand Paul ‘kindles crazies’ – The Independent

Fauci heard calling Roger Marshall ‘a moron’ after heated exchange

The top coronavirus experts in the Biden administration have testified before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Dr Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr Janet Woodcock, acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, and Dawn O’Connell, assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the Department of Health and Human Services, were questioned by lawmakers about the federal response to new variants of Covid-19.

The hearing comes as health policymakers say they believe the administration needs an urgent reset in the way it is approaching the new realities of the pandemic.

Dr Fauci is the target of a video released on Monday evening by Project Veritas claiming that he was involved in research projects related to coronaviruses by the Wuhan Institute of Virology that were deemed too risky by the Department of Defense, emails cited by the group claim.

In his testimony on Tuesday, Dr Fauci angrily dismissed personal attacks on him by right-wing lawmakers, including those related to the emails.

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ICYMI – Fauci spars with Rand Paul

Senator Rand Paul and Fauci clash during Senate hearing

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HHS Covid spokesperson slams GOP members at hearing

Ian Sams, the Covid-19 spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services has hit out at Republican Senators for how they chose to spend their time at today’s hearing.

In a statement Mr Sams said:

When it comes to misinformation, Republicans on the committee clearly weren’t trying to stop the spread. At a time when America is seeing rising Covid cases, it’s disappointing and frankly unacceptable that Republican Senators chose to spend a hearing with the country’s leading public health experts spreading conspiracy theories and lies about Dr Fauci, rather than how we protect people from Covid-19.

The Biden Administration will continue to focus on getting more Americans vaccinated and boosted and helping Americans get access to the tools to keep themselves and others safe. We would encourage these Republicans to join us.

Oliver O’Connell11 January 2022 22:45

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Senator Tuberville asked about ivermectin

Senator Tommy Tuberville asked Dr Fauci why his Alabama constituents shouldn’t take ivermectin instead of the Covid-19 therapeutic Paxlovid, arguing it’s cheaper and has been around for longer.

Dr Fauci lays out data showing ivermectin has shown no conclusive benefits to people with a Covid-19 infection.

Oliver O’Connell11 January 2022 22:30

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Fauci target of campaign of disinformation and distortion

Tina Smith: “Dr. Fauci has been the target of a concerted and coordinated campaign of disinformation and distortion … I think we just need to be honest here. This is being done by some members of the Republican Party that are using it for fundraising.”

Oliver O’Connell11 January 2022 22:01

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CDC advises Americans to ‘avoid’ travel to Canada

The US Centers for Disease Control on Monday advised Americans to “avoid” travel to Canada as coronavirus cases, particularly of the Omicron variant, continue to sweep the continent.

The CDC raised its warning level to Four – the highest it has – regarding travel to the United States’ northern neighbour.

Sheila Flynn reports.

Oliver O’Connell11 January 2022 21:30

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Voices: Fauci is showing his teeth. Why he didn’t do so earlier?

Andrew Buncombe writes:

Oliver O’Connell11 January 2022 21:15

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United Airlines CEO: Vaccine mandate ended staff deaths

The CEO of United Airlines has told his staff in an open letter that the company’s vaccine mandate has ended the “weekly” deaths that previously plagued the organisation.

There are still 3,000 United employees who are infected with the virus, but Scott Kirby told his staff that “zero of our vaccinated employees are currently hospitalised”.

“Prior to our vaccine requirement, tragically, more than one United employee on average *per week* was dying from Covid,” Mr Kirby wrote.

Gustaf Kilander reports.

Oliver O’Connell11 January 2022 20:49

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CDC Covid data tracker weekly review

Covid-19 cases continue to increase rapidly across the United States. This surge is driven by the Omicron variant, which CDC’s Nowcast model projects may account for approximately 9 per cent of cases.

On 5 January, 705,264 new cases were reported, more than doubling the January 2021 peak. The entire country is now experiencing high levels of community transmission. Hospitalisations are also on the rise. While early data suggest Omicron infections might be less severe than those of other variants, the increases in cases and hospitalisations are expected to stress the healthcare system in the coming weeks.

Given what we currently know about Covid-19 and the Omicron variant, CDC recently updated its quarantine and isolation recommendations for the public.

If you come into close contact with someone with Covid-19, you should quarantine if you are in one of the following groups:

  • You are ages 18 or older and completed the primary series of recommended vaccine, but have not received a recommended booster shot when eligible.
  • You received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine (completing the primary series) over 2 months ago and have not received a recommended booster shot.
  • You are not vaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series.

If you have confirmed or suspected Covid-19, regardless of your vaccination status, stay home and isolate from other people for at least 5 full days. Wear a well-fitting mask when around others at home and in public for an additional 5 days. Testing may be used to help determine when to end your isolation period.

Vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself from Covid-19 and reduce its impact on our communities. Everyone should get vaccinated and boosted as soon as they are eligible, including people who have already had Covid-19.

There have been 60.2 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the US since the start of the pandemic. A total of more than 835,300 Americans have died from the virus.

Oliver O’Connell11 January 2022 20:19

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Incredulous Fauci mocks GOP senator

NIAID director Dr Anthony Fauci was heard mocking a Republican senator at Tuesday’s hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions after the senator in question sparred with Mr Fauci regarding whether his financial disclosure was publicly available.

John Bowden reports.

Oliver O’Connell11 January 2022 19:30

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A moment of bipartisanship

They are rare, but they do happen. As proceedings kicked off this morning, Republican Senator Richard Burr gave Democrat Senator Tim Kaine an orange, a blanket, and a Dr Pepper in case he gets trapped in the snow again as he was last week.

Oliver O’Connell11 January 2022 19:10

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