‘My view is if you get a vaccine, the vaccines are effective, you’re immune, and so, act immune,’ the Republican told a crowd in Lakeland, Florida on Friday.
‘If you got a vaccine, you’re immune,’ the governor said.
‘You should enjoy yourself and have confidence.’
DeSantis criticized President Biden and his top medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, for ‘terrible’ messaging on the vaccine, saying that keeping in place mitigation measures will discourage wary Americans from getting the shot.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis hit out at the Biden administration for telling the public to keep wearing masks and to maintain social distancing even after getting the COVID-19 vaccine
DeSantis criticized President Biden (right) and his top medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci (left), for ‘terrible’ messaging on the vaccine, saying that keeping in place mitigation measures will discourage wary Americans from getting the shot
‘I also think it’s a problem that people, where, you’re telling people to get a vaccine and yet people who have been vaccinated for months are wearing two masks,’ DeSantis said on Friday.
“If the vaccine is effective, why would you be wearing two masks? Like some of these folks are doing.
‘It doesn’t make sense.’
Public health officials in recent weeks have encouraged the public to wear two masks in order to offer protection against coronavirus variants that are believed to be more contagious.
‘If you have a physical covering with one layer, you put another layer on, it just makes common sense that it likely would be more effective, and that’s the reason why you see people either double masking or doing a version of an N95,’ Fauci said in February.
New data from Moderna’s phase III clinical trial showed its vaccine is 90% effective at preventing COVID-19 infection six months after the second dose. Pictured: A healthcare worker holds a vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in New York City, January 2021
Recent data shows that those who get the vaccine are largely protected from getting infected with COVID-19.
Moderna Inc says its vaccine is 90 percent effective at protecting against COVID-19 six months after the second dose.
This is a downgrade from estimates in its earlier clinical trials, which suggested it could prevent 94.5 per cent of infections, but is proof of long-lasting protection.
The updated data, from the company’s phase III clinical trial, also showed that the jab was still 95 percent effective specifically against severe COVID after 24 weeks.
Although the 90 percent figure is lower than hoped, it is not a shock. Other major vaccine-makers AstraZeneca and Pfizer also saw their efficacy estimates drop.
Oxford and AstraZeneca revised their efficacy down from 79 per cent to 76 per cent after a US trial that saw them criticized for muddling study data.
And Pfizer’s real-world efficacy in a trial in Israel was estimated at 94 per cent, down from 95 per cent in studies.
All of the vaccines that have been approved for emergency use in the United States have been shown to prevent seriously hospitalizations and deaths.
Nonetheless, the Biden administration’s top public health officials have been hesitant to rescind recommendations that people wear masks, avoid travel, and avoid large gatherings even after getting vaccinated.
The mask guidance remains in place largely because COVID-19 case numbers continue to be stubbornly high in the US – a development that health experts blame on coronavirus variants that are circulating around the country.
The CDC says that it still gathering data to understand the risk posed by people who are vaccinated and may still spread the virus to others. It is urging the public to continue mitigation measures until more definitive data could be obtained.
Bill Maher ripped into liberals and the media for pushing ‘panic porn’ on Real Time on Friday
Maher also praised Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for protecting his elderly population better than New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Cuomo has repeatedly come under fire for his handling of nursing homes during the pandemic
Those who are fully vaccinated are urged to avoid visiting others at increased risk of COVID-19 without a mask while indoors. Large or medium-size gatherings should also be avoided for the time being, according to the CDC.
Indoor gatherings with others who have been fully vaccinated are permitted.
But the American public appears to be showing signs of pandemic fatigue and is eager to return to the pre-mask days.
DeSantis on Friday was praised by HBO Real Time host Bill Maher, who credited him with protecting his state’s elderly population more effectively than New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Cuomo, a Democrat who was widely hailed for his leadership during the COVID-19 crisis, has been engulfed in scandal after it was learned his administration concealed the number of COVID-linked deaths in nursing homes.
Maher said liberals and the press were promoting ‘panic porn’ and that they unfairly criticized DeSantis and Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who lifted his state’s mask mandate last month.
‘Texas lifted its COVID restrictions recently and their infection rates went down, in part because of people getting outside and letting the sun and wind do their thing,’ Maher said.
‘But to many liberals, that can’t be right because Texas and beach-loving Florida have Republican governors.’
There have been 31,627,701 total cases in the United States as of Saturday night with 566,893 deaths. Those numbers were up from 31,567,744 total cases and 566,240 on Saturday morning.
Fauci, the nation’s foremost infectious disease expert, has been the face of government efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
His support for measures including masks and social distancing has drawn the ire of Republicans who claim that the mitigation efforts have caused damage to the economy.
The tension was on display on Thursday when House Rep. Jim Jordan, the Republican from Ohio, pointedly challenged Fauci during a hearing of the House Coronavirus Crisis Subcommittee.
‘We had 15 days to slow the spread turned into one year of lost liberty,’ Jordan said during the tense session.
‘What metrics, what measures, what has to happen before Americans get their freedoms back?’
‘You’re indicating liberty and freedom. I look at it as a public health measure to prevent people from dying and going to hospital,’ Fauci told Jordan and said the US will return to normal when enough people are vaccinated.
‘You don’t think Americans’ liberties have been threatened the last year, Dr. Fauci?’ Jordan added.
‘They’ve been assaulted!’
Fauci then told Jordan ‘you’re making this personal’ when the lawmaker said no one was allowed to criticize him.
‘You need to respect the chair and shut your mouth!’ House Rep. Maxine Waters, the Democrat from California, then interjected and snapped at Jordan.
It came after she opened her testimony by saying: ‘Dr. Fauci, I love you.’
Fauci was also chided by another Republican, House Rep. Steve Scalise, as he testified alongside Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky.
Scalise held up pictures of packed border facilities and accused the U.S. government of operating with a double standard.
‘COVID-positive migrants are released into the country, and that’s allowed – but a vaccinated person can’t go to a restaurant?’ Scalise said. ‘Kids packed in crowded, poorly ventilated cells six inches, not six feet, apart for 20 hour a day or more – but we can’t open schools for in-person learning?’
Fauci answered Scalise’s questions more delicately, while pushing back on Jordan’s assertions.
‘No doubt it’s a very difficult situation at the border,’ Fauci told Scalise. ‘I mean obviously everyone would like to see that situation fixed, I know that it’s a very difficult situation,’ he added after the Louisiana Republican asked if migrants in custody should be following COVID-19 social distancing protocols.
Jordan brought up the border too, pointing out how the Biden administration was violating the freedom of the press, by not letting journalists into the overcrowded facilities that Scalise had brought pictures of.
‘Guess what! The press isn’t allowed in those facilities,’ Jordan said.
Fauci deployed a different tactic, telling Jordan, ‘I think you’re making this a personal thing and it isn’t.’
‘You are, that is exactly what you’re doing,’ Fauci charged.
‘My recommendations are not a personal recommendation, it’s based on the CDC guidance, which is underscored …’ Fauci continued, before being interrupted by Jordan.
Jordan demanded, again to know ‘what measures have to be attained before Americans get their First Amendment liberties back.’
‘I just told you that,’ Fauci said.
‘No, you haven’t given anything specific,’ Jordan shot back.
‘Right now we have about 60,000 infections a day, which is a very large risk for a surge, we’re not talking about liberties, we’re talking about a pandemic that has killed 560,000 Americans, that’s what we’re talking about,’ Fauci replied.
Jordan pointed to businesses being closed and people not being able to go to church and continued to press Fauci for a number.
‘When 90 per cent of the members of Congress get vaccinated,’ inserted the chairman of the committee, House Rep. Jim Clyburn, a South Carolina Democrat, hitting the gavel to tell Jordan his time was up.