My latest in PJ Media:
Yet more evidence came Wednesday that the COVID hysteria is bringing out the inner totalitarian in every Leftist: Dr. Leana Wen, who enjoys exalted status among the hysterics as a CNN medical analyst (she was previously a Baltimore commissioner of health and president of Planned Parenthood), called upon Old Joe Biden to violate the civil liberties of millions of Americans by placing further restrictions on the unjabbed — for the safety of us all, of course.
“I think what we will see with Omicron is a very large number of infections due to Covid-19,” Wen remarked sagely. This isn’t really news: as Stephen Green has noted, Richard Friedland, the head of the largest health provider in South Africa, where the omicron variant originated, said that the deadly new variant that is going to kill us all every day and twice on Sunday really isn’t that big a deal: “I actually think,” Friedland said, “there is a silver lining here and this may signal the end of COVID-19, with it attenuating itself to such an extent that it’s highly contagious, but doesn’t cause severe disease.”
Wen showed no awareness of the fact that omicron “doesn’t cause severe disease”; she was in full the-sky-is-falling-we’re-all-gonna-die mode. Wen said: “The question, though, is are we going to see a decoupling of infections with hospitalizations and death? That would be ideal, the entire point of vaccination, the main point of vaccination, I should say, is to reduce severe illness. And so, if we’re able to avoid overwhelming our health care systems, that would be the goal.”
Well, up until recently, we assumed that the entire point of vaccination was actually to make us immune from the disease, the way vaccines for other diseases have worked. Only after vaccinated people started getting COVID did we hear that the vaccines actually just make one’s bout with COVID much less severe than it would have been otherwise, which, since it is entirely unproven and unprovable, is more of a religious dogma than a scientific finding.
Wen is itching for more totalitarianism: “I do have a lot of concern about what happens to parts of this country, for example, that have very low vaccination rates. This is another reason why I think President Biden’s message yesterday was the right one in some way — in saying vaccinated people should move on with their lives with precautions. But I wish that he would go further to restrict the activities of the unvaccinated because they are the ones who are still spreading Covid and prolonging the pandemic for all of us.”
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