Sunday, January 21, 2024

Fauci's Ex-Boss Now Says COVID-19 Lab Leak Theory Was Credible, Despite Previous Claims It Was a Distraction; Don’t Turn Away From the Public-Health Mistakes — and Lessons — of Covid, and other C-Virus related stories

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Fauci's ex-boss now says COVID-19 lab leak theory was credible, despite previous claims it was a distraction:
Dr. Francis Collins' testimony came days after Dr. Anthony Fauci was interviewed by the House Select Committee on Coronavirus Pandemic
Former National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins admitted to members of Congress last week that the coronavirus lab leak theory was in fact credible, despite his claims in 2021, in which he called it a "distraction."
Collins made the admission during a closed-door, 7-hour interview on Friday with the House Select Committee on Coronavirus Pandemic, echoing testimony from Dr. Anthony Fauci, who was the public face of the U.S. coronavirus pandemic response.
The subcommittee’s chairman, Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, released the key takeaways from the interview with Collins, saying he served as Fauci’s "boss."
Fauci met with the subcommittee earlier in the week, testifying that the lab leak hypothesis – which was often suppressed – was not a conspiracy theory and that the policies and mandates he promoted may increase vaccine hesitancy in the future, Wenstrup wrote last Wednesday.
"Dr. Collins agreed with Dr. Fauci’s concession that the COVID-19 lab leak hypothesis is not a conspiracy," Wenstrup wrote after interviewing Collins on Friday.
The congressman also said Collins "minced words" when it came to defining gain-of-function research in an effort to hide NIH’s involvement in funding the research in Wuhan.
"This wordplay mimics Dr. Fauci’s profuse defense of his previous Congressional testimony, where he claimed the NIH did not fund gain-of-function research in Wuhan," Wenstrup wrote. --->READ MORE HERE
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Cory Franklin: Don’t turn away from the public-health mistakes — and lessons — of Covid:
The ledger on COVID-19 has been closed for 2023. But the contagion is not, as some have proclaimed, “over,” with the Upper Midwest dealing with a mini-surge that will probably continue through January. Because reporting and interest in general have tailed off, no one has a good idea how many cases are actually occurring, but there are enough that hospitalizations have doubled since autumn.
However, for most, COVID-19 is no longer the serious infection it was in the four previous years. After more than 1 million deaths in those four years — in terms of overall American casualties, think 20 Vietnam Wars, three World War IIs or two Civil Wars — the projection was that the U.S. would experience 100,000 or more deaths in 2023. Yet according to Worldometer, the actual number was just over 70,000 in 2023 and slowing in the second half of the year, as the effects of immunity and vaccination now protect the population.
For Americans today, the mortality of COVID-19 — that is, the share of people who contract the virus and die — is less than 1%, and for healthy individuals, it is significantly less than that.
When we review the effects of COVID-19 to date, we should harbor no illusions — the havoc is not merely measured in deaths and long-term disabilities. The incalculable damage wrought is everywhere: undereducated children, increases in suicides and drug overdoses, a general coarsening of society and intensified political division.
This political dissonance was aggravated by the physicians and scientists who abandoned their independence during the pandemic. They let politicians exploit them to justify public policy choices.
Some lessons are being learned, albeit too late. Testifying before Congress in May 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who became President Donald Trump’s public health spokesperson for the pandemic, acknowledged his lack of expertise in the economic implications of societal lockdowns. Fauci devoted little attention to the unintended consequences of closing down large segments of society, a strategy advocated by most of the public health community. --->READ MORE HERE
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