(RepublicanWire.org) – Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) should have the authority to mandate mask wearing regardless of whether it is in compliance with the law.

After a circuit court judge in Florida ruled that the CDC could not impose a mask mandate on public transportation Monday, Fauci blasted the decision in an interview with CNN’s Kasie Hunt released Thursday. The top medical advisor to President Joe Biden said he was “surprised and disappointed” that a court would step in on a public health issue.

“Those types of things really are the purview of the CDC, this is a public health issue,” Fauci said. “For a court to come in, and if you look at the rationale for that it really is not particularly firm, and we are concerned about that, about courts getting involved in things that are unequivocally public health issues.”

“This is a CDC issue, it should not have been a court issue,” he continued.

Fauci said it was “perfectly logical” for the CDC to continue to extend the mask mandate for travel, even as all 50 states and most localities have dropped mask ad vaccine mandates, because the U.S. is going to see an “inevitable” increase in cases of COVID-19 soon.

“For a court to come in and interfere in that, is really unfortunate. It’s unfortunate because it’s against public health principles, number one,” Fauci added. “Number two, it’s because that’s no place for the courts to do that. This is a CDC decision, and that’s very bad precedent when you have courts making a decision, and looking at what the basis of the decision was, it was not sound.”

Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, a Trump-appointed federal judge, ruled that the CDC’s order exceeded the agency’s authority under the Administrative Procedure Act. Fauci did not elaborate on why he is in legal disagreement with a federal judge.

The Biden administration intends to appeal Mizelle’s decision. After the ruling, every major U.S. airline made masking on flights optional.

Nat Malkus of AEI knows a setup when sees one. Such was the CDC’s timing of its mask announcement and the Biden SOTU.

Friday before last, the CDC released new guidance that drastically reduced indoor masking recommendations. Prior guidance recommended more than 90 percent of Americans and 100 percent of public school students mask indoors. Under the new guidance, the CDC recommends just 29 percent of Americans and just 31 percent of public school students do so.

The question to ask is not why the CDC made this dramatic change. It’s, why now? The answer seems clear—the CDC bent to political pressure from the Biden administration.

Since the Omicron peak, opinion pages have increasingly challenged the CDC’s overly restrictive recommendations. State after state ended their own mandates as COVID cases subsided and as the public’s trust—and practices—grew increasingly out of step with CDC guidance.

That Friday, only seven states maintained mask mandates, while over half of public school students attended mask optional schools. If the CDC was confident that 70 percent of the public need not wear masks, why did it wait so much longer than states did to announce this? And why in a late Friday news dump? If school specific masking requirements were unnecessary, why keep blanket school recommendations for so long?

The reason it happened on that Friday is clear. The announcement paved the way for President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address. Under the new guidance, President Biden was able to enter the House chamber unmasked and trumpet that “Under these new guidelines, most Americans in most of the country can now be mask free… COVID-19 need no longer control our lives.” Regarding schools, Biden shrugged off indifference evident one week prior to say, “Most Americans can remove their masks and stay in the classroom, and move forward safely.”

This timing seems more than just convenient. In mid-February, NBC reported, senior White House officials asked CDC Director Rochelle Walensky to update the mask guidance prior to the State of the Union. NBC noted, “The White House has been eager for the CDC to provide an update on its indoor mask recommendation, although it wants the agency to get it right, and it doesn’t want to appear as though it is putting political pressure on the agency.”

On this count, the administration failed spectacularly. CDC’s timing appears to be motivated by political expediency and little else. After all, no new scientific breakthroughs or studies spurred this change. And while the new guidance does use better data—adding county COVID-19 hospitalizations and hospital bed occupancy data to the COVID-19 case rate data—that data has been available for months. The only “pressure on the agency” that explains the timing of Friday’s announcement is political pressure.

Potential interference from the administration is a profound concern. It undermines the already fragile trust the public has in the CDC as an independent scientific agency. The CDC’s failure to act before now also points to significant failings within it, raising another question: How much longer might the CDC have waited if not for pressure from the State of the Union?

(RepublicanWire.org) – White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was visibly rattled after Fox News White House Correspondent Jacqui Heinrich grilled her about possible mask update guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control.

The tense exchange began when Heinrich asked Psaki when the public could expect an update on mask policy from the CDC given several states are rolling back or planning to remove mask mandates

“When are we going to hear from the CDC on this guidance? California yesterday changed their guidance. Randi Weingarten — teachers union — is vocally asking for the White House and the CDC to weigh in. So when are we going to hear from the CDC about updating the guidance on masks?” Heinrich asked.

Psaki did not like the question one bit.

“You’ll have to ask the CDC. The CDC moves at the pace of data and science,” Psaki replied, claiming the Biden administration wants to keep in place whatever guidance allowed schools to remain open.

“We want kids to be in school. Ninety-eight percent of schools are open. That’s a very —” Psaki continued.

“Do —” Heinrich cut in, but Psaki pushed back.

“Let me finish. That’s a very good sign,” she said.

“Do you believe —” Heinrich tried again, but Psaki kept going.

“We know what works. The CDC is always going to be reviewing their guidance, including mask guidance. But in terms of when they will provide additional new guidance, that is up to them,” Psaki said again.

“Do you believe then that the Democratic-led states who are breaking with the CDC on this guidance, that they’re not — that they’re throwing science away and that the CDC is — has access to different science somehow?” Heinrich pressed.

Heinrich was referring to a number of states that announced plans to scale back or remove the mask mandates.

“We don’t look at it through that prism. These states, I think it’s important to note, they still allow for decisions to be made by local school districts,” Psaki said, claiming the real concern is that there would be places where parents or children choose to wear masks in schools but elected leaders would prevent them from doing so.

She then claimed that was already the case in some states.

“Our hope is that states, leaders will look at the science and data about what’s going on, they’ll make decisions about local school districts. Local school districts have always made these decisions. That remains the case,” Psaki concluded.


(RepublicanWire.org) – A Republican senator who was censored by YouTube for posting COVID-19 “misinformation” is demanding an apology from the site. Not surprisingly, the CDC in its latest guidance is saying what sounds suspiciously like what led to the senator being censored.

Last year, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) posted a video to YouTube in which he said cloth masks were useless for preventing the spread of the Chinese coronavirus. YouTube reacted furiously, accusing Paul of violating its COVID-19 misinformation policy. The social media site took down the video and suspended his account.

Now fast forward a few months. On January 14, the CDC issued new guidance on masks – and they admit cloth masks “provide the least protection” – just like Paul said last year. Instead, the agency recommends people wear surgical masks or respirators if they want solid protection against catching or passing on the coronavirus.

Following the CDC announcement, Paul took to Twitter to ask if YouTube’s “mean snot-nosed censors” would now be visiting his office to “kiss my … and admit I was right.” At the time, Paul said the suspension was “a badge of honor” – but it’s now clear his video wasn’t misinformation at all, and while he’s unlikely to get an apology from YouTube, he certainly deserves one.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Well, folks, it’s long overdue, but we’re here! After all the back and forth, now and only now are health experts and employee groups claiming the CDCs new COVID-19 guidelines have way too many holes in it.

Health experts are worried people will be exiting their isolation period per the CDC and be rapidly infecting everyone while still contagious while running around with a false sense of security. Especially now with the new Omicron variant upon us with very mild symptoms for the most part.

Back in early 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic, if anyone had suspicions of being infected with the virus it was recommended that they quarantine for 14 days, which eventually changed depending on whether or not they had symptoms or had been vaccinated

As of Monday, the CDC has changed the guidelines to cut the isolation time in half depending on someone having exposure to a person that had contracted it or if they’ve just had a positive test with no symptoms.

The newest guidelines the CDC has put out do not include receiving a negative test before leaving isolation however it does state that after you have been isolated for 5 days you should wear a mask for the next 5 days.

Is it just me, or is anyone else laughing right about now? We all saw the videos on people vaping with a mask on and how much masks did not help. If anything more of us than not will attest to the fact that we never touched our faces so much in public in our lives.

Not more than that year we were all mandated to wear a mask, for our safety…

After being pressured by business groups due to lack of staff as a result of isolation times, now the CDC has decided it isn’t necessary to quarantine for the original fourteen or Ten days. This was a decision made shortly after deciding healthcare workers didn’t need to be isolated for the full time either.

Does anyone else think if this was for our safety we would still be isolating the whole time?

Studies have shown that people with COVID Pneumonia need to in fact isolate longer due to the infection in their lungs, however, not all patients were being treated with the same measures.

All that should be pointed out here is if we’re noticing the vaccines aren’t preventing us from contracting COVID-19 or spreading it, why are we not re-evaluating vaccine mandates as well? I digress…

With at-home tests being so difficult and near impossible to find, prices are so high people can’t afford to quarantine with no pay and purchase testing kits.

If we are going to shorten isolation days because you showed absolutely no symptoms, that’s one thing and even has science to back it up but to just say 5 days because you were mildly symptomatic that’s a whole other story entirely.

The phrase “mildly symptomatic” is very subjective and not one I would want to hang my hat on. Slowly but surely as time passes it seems as though the CDC isn’t as concerned about the people as much as they claim or as much as we would want them to be.

It appears as though they are more concerned with what is most convenient and what fits their agenda.

If they can shorten isolation time for the sake of keeping people at bay, we know they can drop the vaccine requirements for business people to board planes. It’s not about what’s best for us. It’s more or less what they need to do, to get what they want.

The real and the most alarming question we must ask ourselves is, what do they want?

Democrats have been heavily pushing mask mandates — something most Americans oppose. While we aren’t there yet, President* Joe Biden says that the CDC will be taking a major step toward implementing them — and they will be using our kids to do it. According to Biden, the CDC will force unvaccinated schoolkids to wear masks.

No COVID-19 vaccine has received full FDA approval yet. At this point, they are available thanks to emergency authorization but many don’t trust injecting their children (or themselves) with them at this point. Some have religious or philosophical reasons. Others have allergies. Currently, the minimum age for vaccination is 12. But the CDC, Biden says, will punish kids for being under age 12 or for not getting the jab.

“The CDC is going to say that what we should do is, everyone under the age of 12 should probably be wearing a mask in school,” Biden said during a Wednesday town hall on fake news CNN. “That’s probably what’s going to happen. Secondly, those over the age of 12 who are able to get vaccinated — if you’re vaccinated, you shouldn’t wear a mask, if you aren’t vaccinated, you should be wearing a mask.”

“It’s a matter of community responsibility and I think you’re going to see it work through,” Biden told the audience.

Recently, a 13-year-old died in his sleep after getting injected with the COVID-19 vaccine. Thee CDC says that it’s “premature” to assume that a perfectly healthy young teenager died in his sleep because of the vaccine. WFLA reports:

“The investigation as to whether there is a correlation between his death and vaccination is now at the federal level with CDC,” the Saginaw County Health Department said in a statement. “Meanwhile, the health department continues to encourage families to speak with their physicians to weigh their own risks and benefits of vaccination.”

The boy’s family said an autopsy showed his heart was enlarged when he died and had fluid around it.

“We are currently looking at toxicology, tissue reports, blood work,” Dr. Russell Bush, the medical examiner for Saginaw County, said. “There will be discussions with the CDC and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Obviously, everyone is concerned with this case. We’re doing everything we can as far as testing and looking at potential problems related to the young man’s death.”

There have also been instances of heart complications in children who receive the vaccine as well as numerous other reported adverse side effects. Nevertheless, Biden and his CDC want parents to know that if they don’t inject their kids with this vaccine, they will do all they can to make their and their children’s lives harder. Watch it below: