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Fauci: Republican claim of ‘overhyping' Covid is ‘preposterous'

Added 12-05-21 01:09:02pm EST - “Republican senator Ron Johnson also says Fauci ‘did the exact same thing with Aids’” - Theguardian.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theguardian.com: “Fauci: Republican claim of ‘overhyping’ Covid is ‘preposterous’”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Dismissing as “preposterous” a Republican senator’s claim he is “overhyping” Covid-19 as he did HIV and Aids, Dr Anthony Fauci said on Sunday the threat to the US from the Omicron variant remained to be determined – but that signs from South Africa, where the variant emerged, were encouraging.

“Clearly in South Africa Omicron has a transmission advantage,” Fauci told CNN’s State of the Union, “because … they were very much at a low level then they had almost a vertical spike upwards, which is almost exclusively Omicron.

“Thus far – though it’s too early to really make any definitive statements about it – it does not look like there’s a great degree of severity to it.

“But we have really got to be careful before we make any determinations that [Omicron] is less severe or it really doesn’t cause any severe illness comparable to Delta. But, thus far, the signals are a bit encouraging regarding the severity. But, again, you got to hold judgment until we get more experience.”

Fauci’s evident caution stood at odds with the bizarre and cavalier accusation made by the Wisconsin senator Ron Johnson.

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