U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) is now saying only “vulnerable” people should be inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine, as more than 580,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus and more than 32 million people in the U.S. have already been infected.
Senator Johnson, a climate change denier who attended a fundraiser after being tested for the deadly virus and awaiting the results – which came back positive – spoke to a local right wing radio host this week.
Calling it “not a fully approved vaccine,” Johnson told listeners, “I think we probably should have limited the distribution to the vulnerable.”
“What is the point if the, the science tells us that vaccines are 95% effective so if you have a vaccine, quite honestly what do you care if your neighbor has one or not? What is it to you, you’ve got a vaccine and your science is telling you it’s very, very effective. So why is this big push to make sure everybody gets a vaccine?”
Vaccines are 90% effective in real-world use, studies show, and the longer people wait to get vaccinated, the more people who refuse to get vaccinated, the more the virus mutates into “variants,” which at some point will not be controlled by the COVID-19 vaccine. At least one study has already shown the vaccine is “less potent” among one of the variants.
Johnson, who was under fire last month for saying he would have been “concerned” only if the insurrectionists had been Black Lives Matter activists, went on to say he is opposed to and “highly suspicious of what’s going on” with vaccine passports, which he said could be “very freedom robbing.”
— American Bridge 21st Century (@American_Bridge) April 22, 2021
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Watch: McEnany Calls Restrictions to Slow Spread of Coronavirus ‘Orwellian’ as US Hits Records
White House press secretary and Trump campaign spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany is calling new state restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus “Orwellian.” Coronavirus cases and deaths are surging, in many cases hitting or breaking records.
Johns Hopkins reports there are 161,934 new coronavirus cases recorded today.
“A lot of the guidelines you’re seeing are Orwellian,” McEnany told Fox News Wednesday, after being reminded by co-host Steve Doocy the virus is “super contagious.”
“The American people know how to protect their health. We’ve dealt with COVID for many months,” McEnany said, not acknowledging the huge spikes in cases and deaths that are a direct result of some people refusing to follow basic protocols to protect their health and the health of those around them.
“But it’s Orwellian in a place like Oregon to say if you gather in numbers more than six we might come to your house and arrest you and you get 30 days of jail time. That’s not the American way.”
McEnany also said that the CDC has put out “considerations.”
To date the U.S. has 11,365,323 coronavirus cases and 248,734 deaths. 1,707 people died from the coronavirus yesterday.
McEnany dismisses public health guidelines to slow the spread of coronavirus as “Orwellian” pic.twitter.com/S70IbQIce6
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 18, 2020
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