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The US top public health expert, Anthony Fauci, clashed with right-wing libertarian Rand Paul at the Senate hearing earlier, accusing the Kentucky Senator of deliberately misconstruing data on coronavirus.
Paul derisively challenged Fauci on his praise for New York measures to prevent the spread of the virus (relatively early, strict lockdown, mandatory mask-wearing in public, etc) when New York City early in the first surge of the virus, in March and April, had the most infections in the world.
Fauci indicated that while New York had made some errors (including that it could have locked down earlier) in the early stages of the pandemic that later cost, the way it got a handle on the disease and, at this point, has reached a level of fewer than one percent of coronavirus tests proving positive was by following federal public health guidelines on social distancing, mask-wearing and other measures.
“You misconstrued that, Senator, as you have done in the past,” Fauci shot back.
Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine told a Senate hearing moments ago that not only had he and his wife both had coronavirus but they know four people who have died from the disease during the pandemic that is still out of control in the US.
Kaine, who was Hillary Clinton’s running mate in the 2016 presidential election, said the Trump White House’s handling of the pandemic “has been one of the worst failures of domestic governance in the history of this country.”
“We need to pay attention,” he said. He pointed out that the death toll in the US from Covid-19, by far the highest in the world, had occurred despite much expert opinion, most notably from the prestigious Johns Hopkins University, that before the disease reached the US that it was “the best prepared of any nation” to deal with a crisis like this.
And yet in addition to the government’s failure to contain the disease, the Trump administration had also made “a concerted four-year effort to take away health insurance from millions and millions of people,” Kaine said.