You are permitted to exhibit mild rejoicing: Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden has deigned to allow Christmas celebrations, as long as you’re vaccinated.
Fauci spoke from on high on Sunday, declaring to “This Week” on ABC News that those who are vaccinated have his permission to celebrate not just Thanksgiving with families, but also Christmas.
“I believe strongly that — particularly in the vaccinated people, if you’re vaccinated and your family members are vaccinated, those who are eligible, that is obviously very young children and not yet eligible, that you can enjoy the holidays,” Fauci told Martha Raddatz, host of “This Week.”
“It’s so important to get vaccinated, not only for your own safety, for that of your family, but also for the good of the community, to keep the level of infection down. When you do that, there’s no reason at all why you can’t enjoy the holidays in a family way, the way we’ve traditionally done it all along,” Fauci continued.
The generous announcement from on high comes as a bit of a surprise, considering that two weeks ago Fauci had told America that it was too soon to say if Thanksgiving was canceled or not, even as thousands of Americans dared to defy him, declaring they would go regardless.
(Video: ABC News)
“It’s just too soon to tell. We’ve just got to keep concentrating on continuing to get those numbers down and not try to jump ahead by weeks or months and say what we’re going to do at a particular time,” Fauci had said on October 3rd, regarding Thanksgiving.
While Fauci had voiced cautious optimism that Covid-19 numbers would start to go down in the interview, he stuck to the tune of perpetual Covid-19 worries. That tune apparently changed when the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced holiday guidelines, which implies support or at least acceptance for family gatherings, with certain precautions.
Fauci did attempt to address some failures with the vaccines, specifically Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J). Responding to a recent study that showed J&J’s protection plummeted from 88 percent in March to only 3 percent in August, Fauci told Raddatz that J&J should have done a two-dose shot and that Americans should get a booster shot for the one-dose vaccine as soon as possible:
“So the idea of making a recommendation that people who originally received J&J should receive a second dose — 18 or older with none of the restrictions about whether or not you’re at a high risk or not at a high risk — is that everyone who received that first dose of J&J who are 18 and older should receive it.”
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee voted unanimously to recommend booster shots for adults vaccinated through J&J’s shot last week, which may have prompted Fauci to feel compelled to address the issue.
Other vaccines have been plagued with similar shortcomings, as the Daily Mail reported. According to some studies, the effectiveness of Moderna’s vaccine fell from 92 percent in March to 64 percent in August. Pfizer’s vaccine fell from 91 percent to 50 percent in the same period. These findings have been behind a push for booster shots to renew protection, though the scheduled frequency of such booster shots seems to keep shifting, leading to public confusion and skepticism.
Regardless, at least Fauci says some of you are allowed to enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas with family.
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