As rates of infections, deaths and hospitalizations crater in the U.S. Dr. Anthony Fauci is warning that he and other top health officials may be looking to reinstate lockdowns once again.
The White House chief medical adviser is suggesting that the time to restrict American’s freedoms under the guise of ‘public safety’ may be coming very soon.
“I don’t want to use the word ‘lockdowns.’ That has a charged element to it. But, I believe that we must keep our eye on the pattern of what we’re seeing with infections,” he said in an interview on the BBC’s “Sunday Morning.”
“Having said that, we need to be prepared for the possibility that we would have another variant that would come along,” Fauci said. “And then, if things change and we do get a variant that does give us an uptick in cases and hospitalization, we should be prepared and flexible enough to pivot toward going back – at least temporarily – to a more rigid type of restrictions, such as requiring masks indoor.”
Despite a dramatic reduction in both case counts and deaths, Fauci warned that there are currently the “same conditions” in the U.S. that are causing a surge in cases in Europe.
“It’s the greater transmissibility of the BA.2, it’s the relaxation of restriction, particularly in the context of indoor masking in congregate settings, and also the fact that immunity, due to both vaccination as well as people who have been previously infected, tends to wane with SARS-CoV-2 – particularly with Omicron,” he said.
BA.2 is a more contagious subvariant of Omicron, but its extremely low mortality rate have a majority of scientists not concerned.
“In early 2022, BA.2 was growing more common in a number of countries,” The New York Times recently reported. “By February, it had become dominant worldwide, driving down the once-dominant BA.1. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that BA.2 jumped to 11% in early March from 1% in early February. It could soon become dominant in this country as well.”
“But that does not mean that Americans are riding a new BA.2 wave that is infecting a lot of new people. As BA.2 became more common in the United States, the total number of new cases fell by about 95%. Worldwide, the number of daily new cases had fallen to half of what they were at their peak in late January,” The Times reported.
Fauci’s admission that the government is clamoring for the opportunity to force lockdowns on the American people again is the latest sign of mixed messaging out of the Biden admin.
Biden recently said we’re in a new phase of COVID, where the virus “no longer controls our lives.”
“We’re now in a new moment in this pandemic. That does not mean COVID-19 is over; it means that COVID-19 no longer controls our lives,” Biden told reporters.
While announcing a “one-stop-shop” COVID-19 information website, Biden also implored Congress to approve $22.5 billion in immediate emergency spending so testing capacities could be extended beyond June and before money for boosters and monoclonal antibodies is exhausted in the fall and spring, respectively.
“Monoclonal antibodies, for example, they’ve helped save lives,” he admitted after suppressing the distribution of these in red states before realizing the damming political repercussions.
“Congress needs to act now — please,” Biden added. “Americans are back to living their lives again. We can’t surrender that now.”