Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Thursday, April 9, 2020, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence listens. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Dr. Anthony Fauci is not an elected official. But right now, an awful lot of policy and decisions are being based on his opinions, those of Dr. Birx and others on the virus task force.
But what’s on everyone’s mind is how soon we can get back to normal and what would that process look like?
The Trump administration had talked about having millions of antibody tests out in May that would tell you who had been exposed and was therefore now likely immune.
Dr. Anthony Fauci says the idea of Americans carrying certificates of immunity to prove they have tested positive for coronavirus antibodies might have “some merit.” Follow live updates: https://t.co/NJc1Kg0y1J pic.twitter.com/2ibXrkByG0
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) April 10, 2020
From Daily Caller:
Fauci was asked if he could “imagine a time where Americans carry certificates of immunity” on CNN’s “New Day.”
“You know, that’s possible. It’s one of those things that we talk about when we want to make sure that we know who the vulnerable people are and not — this is something that’s being discussed. I think it might actually have some merit under certain circumstances,” said the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Oh, hell, no.
Now, Fauci is not a politician and hasn’t been elected to enact any policy. And it wasn’t clear that he was actually advocating for it, he was more led into it by the CNN interviewer, although Fauci said it might “have some merit under certain circumstances.” But anyone should have enough sense to understand how wrong that would be and how problematic.
The word about what he said did not go over well, not surprisingly.
So police and government officials can stop us wherever we go and demand to see our papers?
How about no. https://t.co/WCMMyaa6iq
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) April 10, 2020
At some point will someone please remind Dr. Fauci that we do in fact live in the United States of America, not a communist dictatorship. He seems to be slightly confused on this point. https://t.co/Laod1iJlJC
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) April 10, 2020
Immunity certificates are already being implemented by researchers in Germany and have been floated by the United Kingdom and Italy, the most recent epicenter of the global outbreak in Europe.
In parts of China, citizens are required to display colored codes on their smartphones indicating their contagion risk. The controversial surveillance measure facilitated earlier this week the end of the lockdown of Wuhan, the city in China’s central province of Hubei where the novel coronavirus first emerged.
Asked Thursday about various methods of monitoring Americans who have come into contact with those who are infected, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said “people are looking at all the different modern technology that could be brought to bear to make contact tracing more efficient and effective.”
Attorney General William Barr warned about the rules that have been emerging across the country to deal with the virus, resulting in the loss of civil liberties. “We have to be very careful to make sure this, that the draconian measures that are being adopted are fully justified, and there are not alternative ways of protecting people,” Barr explained to Fox’s Laura Ingraham.
Exactly. We cannot do this at the cost of our republic.