Fauci Acknowledges He Increased His Estimates on Herd Immunity

Fauci Acknowledges He Increased His Estimates on Herd Immunity anthony fauci speaks at press conference Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

By Jeffrey Rodack | Friday, 25 December 2020 01:26 PM

Dr. Anthony Fauci admits he has been slowly increasing his estimates on what the U.S. would need to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19.

According to The New York Times, many epidemiologists have been estimating since the start of the pandemic that it would take 60% to 70% of the population to acquire resistance to the coronavirus in order for the disease to fade away.

And the Times noted Fauci, the most prominent U.S. infectious disease expert, tended to agree during the pandemic’s early days. But about a month ago he raised the estimate to ''70, 75%.'' In a Dec. 16 interview with CNBC he said: ''75, 80, 85%'' and ''75 to 80-plus percent.''

Fauci concedes he has been deliberately moving the goal posts, partly based on new science and his gut feeling the U.S. is finally ready to hear what he really believes.

He said it may take close to 90% immunity to stop the virus.

Now that some polls show that many more Americans are ready for vaccines, Fauci said he felt he could deliver the message that a return to normal might take longer than first believed, the Times noted.

''When polls said only about half of all Americans would take a vaccine, I was saying herd immunity would take 70 to 75 percent,'' Dr. Fauci said. ''Then, when newer surveys said 60 percent or more would take it, I thought, 'I can nudge this up a bit,' so I went to 80, 85.''

A Gallup poll last month showed that 58% of Americans are now willing to get the vaccine. The number is up from a low of 50% in September.

Giroir Says There’ll Be ‘Smooth’ Transition for COVID Vaccine

Giroir Says There’ll Be ‘Smooth’ Transition for COVID Vaccine brett giroir speaks with mike pence and deborah birx standing behind him. Admiral Brett Giroir speaks at a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By Cathy Burke | Sunday, 29 November 2020 10:17 AM

Trump administration member Adm. Brett Giroir said Sunday there will be a “smooth professional transition” that ensures the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine.

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Giroir, the Department of Health and Human Services official overseeing the coronavirus testing effort, said a meeting with a team for Joe Biden “went extremely well.”

“I believe there will be a smooth professional transition,” he said.

“I really am confident in the plan to get it and particularly get it to the states and to the high-risk populations,” he added. “This is a life saving vaccine. This puts the end to the pandemic. This is the way we get out of the pandemic. The light is at the end of the tunnel but the American people have to do the right things until we get that vaccine widely distributed. Wear a mask, avoid indoor crowded spaces and all of the things you know.”

According to Giroir, there’ll be no recommendation to travelers over the holidays, “but it makes sense.”

“That is not recommended to have a quarantine after travel, unless you’ve had a direct exposure to a person with [COVID-19] for 15 minutes and in close contact. But it makes sense.”

“If you have an increased risk because you’ve traveled, do the normal smart things, the common sense things,” he asserted. “That is decrease the unnecessary activity… make really sure you adhere 100% to mask wearing, to avoiding crowds because you could inadvertently gotten [the virus] and spread it so be careful during the week after your travel because you are at increased risk.”

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Liberal Bias of Wikipedia Called Out in 5 Studies

Liberal Bias of Wikipedia Called Out in 5 Studies wikipedia sign (Jens Kalaene/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

By Eric Mack | Sunday, 29 November 2020 11:53 AM

Left-wing media bias has taken over once-neutral Wikipedia, just as co-founder Larry Sanger lamented earlier this year, according to five studies reviewing the content of the online encyclopedia.

The studies have concluded Wikipedia is even more left-biased than the Encyclopedia Britannica, left-wing indoctrination is pushed harder by leftist editors, liberal media is more pronounced in the mentions on that site, the reviews of politicians relies are left-wing sources, and conservative editors on the website are six times more likely to be sanctioned for their updates.

1. Harvard Study: Wikipedia More Left-Biased Than Britannica

While both are slanted toward liberal views, the study find Wikipedia is more biased toward Democrats.

“Using a matched sample of pairs of articles from Britannica and Wikipedia, we show that, overall, Wikipedia articles are more slanted towards Democrat than Britannica articles, as well as more biased,” the study’s abstract reads.

Notably, Wikipedia becomes less biased the more a post is edited and reviewed, and the study also found the most liberal-biased entries are ones least edited or reviewed.

2. Harvard Study: Indoctrination Pushed Harder Left and by Leftists

The same researchers above followed up their study with another one that found the most frequent editors are leftists and they are also far more biased partisans, according to their study.

3. Wikipediocracy: Top News Outlets Cited Are Mostly Left-Wing

Established leftist outlets The New York Times and BBC News are the most cited sources, around 200,000 stories. The Guardian, an equally left-wing outlet, is cited third at almost 100,000 citations.

Among the top 10 most-cited, only one was right-leaning.

4. Wikipediocracy/AllSides: U.S. Politicians Pages Rely on Left-Wing Sources

Using AllSides and Media Bias/Fact Check (MBFC) ratings, a Wikipediocracy user found stories on American politicians rely mostly on left-wing media. The ratio is almost 3- or 4-to-1 left wing vs. right wing. And even centrist sources are used to the same ratio vs. right wing ones, per the analysis.

5. The Critic: Right-Wing Editors 6 Times More Likely to Be Sanctioned

Those espousing right-wing views on topics like politics, abortion, gun control, race, and intelligence were six times more likely to be sanctions by the “Supreme Court” of the Wikipedia editors, especially those reviewing things about President Donald Trump.

Giroir Says There’ll Be ‘Smooth’ Transition for COVID Vaccine

Giroir Says There'll Be 'Smooth' Transition for COVID Vaccine brett giroir speaks with mike pence and deborah birx standing behind him. Admiral Brett Giroir speaks at a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By Cathy Burke | Sunday, 29 November 2020 10:17 AM

Trump administration member Adm. Brett Giroir said Sunday there will be a “smooth professional transition” that ensures the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine.

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Giroir, the Department of Health and Human Services official overseeing the coronavirus testing effort, said a meeting with a team for Joe Biden “went extremely well.”

“I believe there will be a smooth professional transition,” he said.

“I really am confident in the plan to get it and particularly get it to the states and to the high-risk populations,” he added. “This is a life saving vaccine. This puts the end to the pandemic. This is the way we get out of the pandemic. The light is at the end of the tunnel but the American people have to do the right things until we get that vaccine widely distributed. Wear a mask, avoid indoor crowded spaces and all of the things you know.”

According to Giroir, there’ll be no recommendation to travelers over the holidays, “but it makes sense.”

“That is not recommended to have a quarantine after travel, unless you've had a direct exposure to a person with [COVID-19] for 15 minutes and in close contact. But it makes sense.”

“If you have an increased risk because you've traveled, do the normal smart things, the common sense things,” he asserted. “That is decrease the unnecessary activity… make really sure you adhere 100% to mask wearing, to avoiding crowds because you could inadvertently gotten [the virus] and spread it so be careful during the week after your travel because you are at increased risk.”

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Dick Morris to Newsmax TV: Legislatures, Feds Important in Trump Case

Dick Morris to Newsmax TV: Legislatures, Feds Important in Trump Case (Newsmax TV)

By Sandy Fitzgerald | Saturday, 28 November 2020 10:29 PM

As the fight for President Donald Trump's election moves in the federal court, "our chances of winning increase," and state legislatures will also come into play, political strategist and author Dick Morris told Newsmax TV Saturday.

"State legislatures like in Pennsylvania are taking their constitutional duty seriously to determine who won the state and who gets the electoral votes," Morris, also an analyst for Newsmax TV, told "The Count." "The Constitution is explicit that state legislatures have that authority."

In the past, legislatures "rubberstamped" what the state boards of canvassers told them, but now with the irregularities in the state courts, "they are moving in asserting their legal jurisdiction over that and I think that is very important," Morris said.

Meanwhile, Arizona would be the most difficult state for Trump to win, but Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia, the "fraud was very blatant and well planned well in advance,' said Morris.

"Pennsylvania prepared for the fraud by illegally extending that time you had to vote to 3 days after the election day, clearly in violation of the Constitution and state law," he added.

Morris also discussed the ruling by Judge Matthew Brann of the U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, noting that the "mistake" the judge made was that the federal case wasn't about ballot fraud, but about equal protection under the law.

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US COVID Case Rise Sets New High After Thanksgiving Break

US COVID Case Rise Sets New High After Thanksgiving Break US COVID Case Rise Sets New High After Thanksgiving Break (Dreamstime)

Bloomberg News Friday, 27 November 2020 09:24 PM

The U.S. added 196,050 new cases so far Friday, a record, as some states resumed daily updates following the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday.

The increase brings the total for the country to 13.1 million. Deaths increased by 1,406 to 264,823. The CDC said in a tweet that forecasts predict as many as 21,400 new deaths may be reported during the week ending Dec. 19, with up to 321,000 fatalities.

It also warned that cases and hospitalizations are rising.

Many Americans appear to have ignored warnings to minimize travel and keep family gatherings scaled back this Thanksgiving as a way to slow the coronavirus's spread. Now some epidemiologists are anticipating that the pandemic, already surging before the holiday, will actually intensify in coming days as a consequence.