Representative Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) claimed that the United States has entered a “perma-demic” and assailed political “tyrants” after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that most counties in the country should resume mask-wearing to curb the spread of Covid-19.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called her counterpart, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) “such a moron” after he announced his opposition to a mask mandate in the House amid a nationwide surge in Covid-19 cases.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced that masks must once again be worn in the House, mirroring updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“The chair wishes to inform all members and staff that masks will be once again be required in the Hall of the House. However, members will be permitted to remove their masks temporarily while under recognition,” Pelosi said.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he aims to boost vaccination rates across the United States by countering misinformation, per Reuters. This misinformation appears to be most prevalent in Republican-dominated states.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expected to recommend that some people vaccinated for Covid-19 should resume indoor mask-wearing in parts of the country that have seen a surge in cases. The recommendation would mark a reversal of a policy announced just two months ago and comes amid more reports of breakthrough infections with the Delta variant of the virus in people who were fully immunized.
Why are republicans so opposed to COVID vaccines? Claiming it is "political" is reductive. Perhaps the motive is more insidious.
Reuters has confirmed that the United States will not lift existing travel restrictions “at this point” due to concerns over the high transmissibility of the Covid-19 Delta variant and the higher number of coronavirus cases in the country, according to a White House official.
A White House official confirmed that pop star Olivia Rodrigo, who has dominated the pop music charts since the release of her debut album, Sour, in May 2021 and became a viral sensation with the release of “Drivers License,” will meet with President Joe Biden as part of a bid to help push young people to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
“Fox and Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade doubled down on Covid-19 denial, calling the Biden administration’s focus on vaccination “mind-boggling.”
“Listen, in many cases, they’ve done a very good job of getting the word out and getting the vaccine out,” he said, noting that the three vaccines that are available––Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson––”are available if you want them but that’s not enough.”
Representative Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) called medical professionals “Needle Nazis,” invoking the Holocaust and Nazism to criticize the Biden administration’s efforts to vaccinate as many people as possible against Covid-19.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki told CNN that the Biden administration does not “take any of our health and medical advice from Marjorie Taylor Greene” after Greene compared a push by President Joe Biden to ensure as many Americans are vaccinated against the coronavirus as possible to the people who helped Adolf Hitler rise to power in Nazi Germany.
President Joe Biden‘s administration has extended the nationwide eviction moratorium for another 30 days in a bid to help tenants who’ve been unable to make their rent payments due to the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Americans that unvaccinated children are more likely to contract the Covid-19 Delta variant because of its high transmissibility.
According to Washington Post journalists Yasmeen Abutaleb and Damian Paletta, who authored the new book, Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration’s Response to the Pandemic That Changed History, former President Donald Trump reportedly suggested sending Americans infected with Covid-19 to Guantanamo Bay in a bid to cut down on the number of cases on United States soil.
Speaking on CNN, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases, said he is concerned about states with low vaccination rates.
“What my concern is, is in those states in which you have relatively few, compared to others, people vaccinated, when you’re below 50 percent of the people being vaccinated, that’s when you’re going to have a problem,” he noted during his appearance on “New Day,” adding that “the one thing we want to make sure is that we don’t declare victory prematurely and feel that because things are going in the right direction that we don’t have to keep vaccinating people.”
In a new interview with The Guardian, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top expert on infectious diseases, warned United States citizens not to declare a premature “victory” against Covid-19. He made clear that the more people get vaccinated, the sooner the nation will see the end of the pandemic.
President Joe Biden is set to announce that the United States will share millions of doses of Covid-19 vaccines with other countries. This number will be in addition to the 60 million doses of AstraZeneca he has already committed to sharing by July 4. The United States will release 20 million doses of Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines as well as AstraZeneca to areas abroad once the vaccines are approved by federal regulators.
In an appearance on “CBS This Morning,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top expert on infectious diseases,” said he doesn’t “understand” Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who continued to entertain conspiracy theories about the origins of Covid-19 during a hearing on the pandemic response.
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) used her Twitter to draw attention to the “Fire Fauci Act,” legislation she introduced that would reduce the salary of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top expert on infectious diseases, to $0.
Fox News personality Tomi Lahren has spent much of the pandemic decrying the need to wear masks and practice social distancing, likening such actions to those of a draconian state. Her latest remarks, urging her followers to “free the face,” are a further indication of how much wearing masks has turned into a flashpoint in the culture wars.