Predictably, the Biden administration’s national health “experts” showed up on the Sunday morning shows to discuss the sudden appearance of yet another COVID variant that will further empower those who have deftly exploited the unprecedented crisis to dramatically remake America through the imposition of emergency measures that have effectively trampled civil liberties.
One of those who made an appearance was Dr. Francis Collins, the outgoing head of the National Institutes of Health, who last month announced that he planned to step down at the end of the year who during his morning rounds. Collins dropped by “Fox News Sunday,” where he spoke of the omicron strain that has set off a renewed round of panic after it was suddenly discovered by researchers in South Africa.
According to the top bureaucrat who has been described by CNN as “the folksy, guitar-playing director” of the NIH, omicron has the potential to spread rapidly and has multiple mutations, a scary prognosis that will almost certainly lead to overreactions by officials, many of whom are wistful for the good old days of lockdowns and who would like nothing better than to see them return.
NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins says Omicron COVID variant has a record number of mutations:
"It does make you worry … that it might not respond as well to protection from the vaccines, but we don't know that … This does seem to be spreading quite rapidly." pic.twitter.com/dspf22xUDt
— The Recount (@therecount) November 28, 2021
“We do know that this is a variant that has a lot of mutations, like fifty of them and more than thirty of those in the spike protein which is the part of the virus that attaches to your human cells if you get infected,” said Collins. “That is a new record in terms of the number of mutations it does make you worry therefore that its a sufficiently different virus, that it might not respond as well to protections from the vaccines, but we don’t know that.”
He added, “We can certainly see that in South Africa and a few neighboring countries in the south part of Africa that this does seem to be spreading quite rapidly, so the inference would be there that it’s particularly contagious, we don’t know about its severity.”
Collins also got in a plug for the jabs, a top priority of the Biden’s that will likely be jump-started as a result of the fearmongering about omicron.
“So please Americans, if you’re one of those folks who’re sort of waiting to see this would be a great time to sign up get your booster or if you haven’t been vaccinated already get started, omicron is one more reason to do this,” he said.
When he does leave the administration, Collins will have much more time to work on being an amateur folk singer, a profession he’d be less harmful at. His Covid-inspired rendition of hippy band Peter, Paul and Mary’s classic “Puff The Magic Dragon” indicates that his songs could be a must-have on the playlists for the liberals who have made false idols of career bureaucrats.
While Collins’ virtuoso performance was done in place of his usual annual volunteering at a camp for cancer stricken children due to COVID, it hardly portrays the type of somber and stoic professionalism that would normally be necessary at a time when he is in charge of running one of the nation’s agencies tasked with tackling a historic pandemic.
Collin’s underling, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has a real affinity for television and other media appearances as the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, where he has been dug in deeper than the proverbial Alabama tick since Ronald Reagan’s first term in the White House, also hit the Sunday morning circuit.
Joe Biden’s top medical adviser visited with host Chuck Todd on NBC’s flagship “Meet The Press” where he has been a near-weekly fixture to engage in his standard shtick of fearmongering and pimping the vaccines.
Dr. Fauci: "All of a sudden there was this big spike" in infections. pic.twitter.com/v92z9uzvfj
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) November 28, 2021
Asked by Todd about why omicron – which jumped Xi in the Greek alphabet naming conventions for obvious reasons – is so much more alarming that previous variants, Fauci responded.
“Well, right now what we have is we have thee…thee.. the window into the mutations that are in this new variant, and they are troublesome in the fact that there are about thirty two or more variants in that very important spike protein of the virus which is the business end of the virus and there’s about ten or more of these mutations that are on that part of the virus, we call it the receptor binding domain that actually binds to the cells in your nasal, pharynx and in your lungs,” he said. “In other words, the profile of the mutation strongly suggests that it’s going to have an advantage in transmissibility and that it might evade immune protection,” a grim prediction that will prolong the panic of an already beleaguered public.
Fauci also sat down for an interview with host Margaret Brennan on CBS’s “Face The Nation” that aired on Sunday morning where he doubled-down on the “wet market” theory on the origin of the virus rather than the possibility that it escaped from a Chinese lab that had been conducting dangerous “gain of function” research, which his agency has been accused of funding, most notably by Republican Senator Rand Paul who has emerged as his top nemesis.
Dr. Anthony Fauci says in an interview with @margbrennan that a reason we haven't found the origins of COVID-19 is due to China destroying evidence at the Wuhan wet market, adding to the need for international regulations and addressing "human-animal interface" in Southeast Asia. pic.twitter.com/V8nj5CPGfm
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) November 28, 2021
Collins demeanor may be “folksy” but he struck a much more menacing tone when he recently called for those who spread what he deemed misinformation to be “brought to justice,” yet another manifestation of the type of fascistic mindset that exists at the top levels of the Washington bureaucracy and suggesting that the nation may be much better off after he trades in his lab coat for an acoustic guitar.
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