Dr. Anthony Fauci complained on Monday that his effort to get people to adopt the government’s COVID-19 health measures has been hampered by “misinformation and disinformation.”
But it’s Fauci who, in his defense of masking, lockdowns and vaccines, has spread information that has turned out not to be true, sometimes with life-altering and even deadly consequences.
“The anti-vax-type feeling amongst some, superimposed upon the political divineness we have in this country … and social media misinformation and disinformation, it’s very difficult to get people to adhere to common sense public health measures,” Fauci said in an interview.
Meanwhile, internal documents recently obtained by the group America First Legal confirm there was direct coordination between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and social media platforms on censoring skepticism or criticism of COVID-19 shots, which was characterized as “vaccine misinformation.”
Fauci and President Biden were among the top officials who declared one year ago that people who received the COVID-19 vaccines would not contract the disease. Both, while quadruple-vaccinated, caught COVID-19, and both suffered a rebound of the disease while taking the Pfizer drug Paxlovid, which the government recommends for COVID treatment.
Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator at the time the vaccines were developed and rolled out, said in a recent interview she wasn’t surprised that people who were quadruple vaccinated contracted the disease.
“I knew these vaccines were not going to protect against infection and I think we overplayed the vaccines,” Birx told the Fox News Channel’s Neil Cavuto.
And, he and the nation’s top health officials continue to ignore the reports of severe illness and death attributed to the COVID vaccines in the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System database run by the CDC and the FDA. As of July 22, VAERS contained 29,790 reports of COVID-19 vaccine-related deaths among a total of more than 1.3 million adverse events.
On Twitter, a woman who identified herself as a health-care worker explained in a video why she regretted getting the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
She said she believed the officials who told her ‘You won’t get sick and you won’t die.” But now she said she is suffering from chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, which is described by the National Institutes for Health as “a neurological disorder characterized by progressive weakness and impaired sensory function in the legs and arms.”
“It’s changed my life completely,” she said. “If I had to do it all over again, I would have never got the vaccine.”
Last Friday, the nation’s first class action lawsuit for health care workers over a COVID shot mandate was settled for more than $10.3 million. The settlement against NorthShore University HealthSystem was on behalf of more than 500 current and former health care workers who were denied religious exemptions from the COVID shot mandate.
Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, which brought the lawsuit, said the settlement “should be a wake-up call to every employer that did not accommodate or exempt employees who opposed the COVID shots for religious reasons.”
Time to ‘dispel the myth’
In a House committee session last Wednesday considering an amendment to a bill, Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., said it’s time to “dispel the myth” that the vaccines stop infection and the spread of COVID-19, which was the basis for kicking people out of the military.
He noted that not a single member of the military has received an FDA- approved vaccine, which was the basis upon which the Defense Department implemented the mandate. Instead of the Pfizer’s FDA-approved Comirnaty product, for example, military personnel continued to receive the experimental vaccine approved for emergency use.
Fauci, himself, has argued against universal vaccination.
In a video unearthed by a Twitter user, he is heard explaining that the toxicity of the smallpox vaccine – which is being used for the current monkeypox outbreak – was known, which is why the idea of “everybody should take it” didn’t make sense.
“Since smallpox, as effective of a vaccine as it is, has some rare but nonetheless very serious, toxic side effects, if you’re immunosuppressed, it could be deadly. If you’re one of those people who have this strange myocarditis,” he said.
In a 1999 broadcast of the PBS program “Nova,” Fauci warned that the potential harms of a new vaccine might become apparent only after more than a decade.
“If you take [the vaccine], and then a year goes by and everybody’s fine, then you say, ‘OK, that’s good, now let’s give it to 500 people’; and then a year goes by and everything’s fine. You say, ‘Well, then, now let’s give it to thousands of people,'” he said.
“And then you find out that it takes 12 years for all hell to break loose, and then what have you done?”
Shut it down
Fauci insisted in July that he did not recommend locking down the nation. But in October 2020, he explicitly said, “I recommended to the president that we shut the country down.”
‘No reason to be walking around with a mask’
Fauci recommended recently that people in indoor settings in certain areas wear a mask.
But he told then Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell in a February 2020 email that he didn’t recommend universal masking, arguing masks “are really for infected people to prevent them from spreading infection to people who are not infected rather than protecting uninfected people from acquiring infection.” Similarly, Fauci spoke out against universal masking amid a pandemic in a “60 Minutes” interview one month later. He warned of “unintended consequences,” saying there’s “no reason to be walking around with a mask” in “the middle of an outbreak.”
Fauci later said he told Americans they didn’t need to wear a mask because he wanted to ensure there was enough supply for frontline workers.
However, at the time of his interview, the executive director of the World Health Organization health emergencies program, Dr. Mike Ryan, said there was “no specific evidence to suggest that the wearing of masks by the mass population has any potential benefit.”
“In fact, there’s some evidence to suggest the opposite in the misuse of wearing a mask properly or fitting it properly,” he said.
The WHO at the time recommended people not wear face masks unless they are sick with COVID-19 or caring for someone who is sick.
In March 2020, the CDC also said masks “are usually not recommended” in “non-health care settings.”
‘We were always aware’
Fauci has insisted during the pandemic that immunity produced by a COVID-19 vaccine is superior to natural immunity derived from an infection, which contradicted his own researchers, the longtime conventional wisdom about respiratory viruses and his own pre-pandemic statements.
The downplaying or dismissal of the power of natural immunity was one of the key principles behind pushing vaccine mandates.
But in a recent interview with The Hill, Fauci has declared his faith, at least to “a degree,” in natural immunity.
“We were always aware,” he said, “that if you get infected, you have a degree of protection against reinfection.”