Fauci clashes with GOP lawmaker over when COVID restrictions should be eased

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The Representative of OH asked Fauci if what happened to 15 days that the federal government previously mentioned in slowing down the spread of the virus as it already turned into a year of losing liberty.

According to USA Today, Fauci, who is the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director, said that his priority is to get as many individuals vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Similarly tense banter continued for several minutes as Jordan time and again asked simply for a "number" or some criteria with which the administration would judge the pandemic recovery.

Jordan pointed to businesses being closed and people not being able to go to church and continued to press Fauci for a number. 'What metrics, what measures, what has to happen before Americans get their freedoms back?'

"You don't think Americans" liberties have been threatened the past year, Dr. Fauci?" "I look at it as a public health measure to prevent people from dying and going to the hospital". "All of these sorts of things have nothing to do with liberty or freedom, but that's where we are when we have reason and rationality on one side and emotional reactions and ideology on the other". Jordan asked. "They've been assaulted".

'I just told you that, ' Fauci said.

With only 20 percent of the US population fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, many USA public health experts have still remained cautious in calling for any hasty return to normal as the US vaccination rate continues to slowly climb. "You can say I'm ranting".

"This will end for sure when we get the level of infection very low".

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The Ohio rep continued to press Fauci for an exact number when Rep. Waters ended the debate after Democratic Rep. James Clyburn of SC announced that Jordan's time expired. "When do Americans get their freedom back?"

"I don't think anything was censored because they felt they couldn't disagree with me", Fauci responded.

Fauci responded to Jordan that he thinks the OH representative was making the debate a personal issue and emphasized that it should not be.

That expert advice, however, didn't stop Jordan from taking Fauci to task over when Americans can return to life as they knew it before the coronavirus.

"Right now, we're at an unacceptably high level on a daily basis". Fauci told the Ohio Republican that he seemed to be making mitigation efforts "personal" and reminded him that over 560,00o Americans have been killed by this pandemic.

Later, Fauci added, "We're not talking about liberties".

Dr Anthony Fauci expertly shut down a Republican Congressman after he complained about Covid restrictions.

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