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Brett Baier, a Fox News anchor, asked Dr. Rochelle Walensky three different times whether she would publicly contradict false statements made by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Each of those three times garnered similar responses; Walensky pushed for people to get vaccinated if they were eligible.
Walensky, the Director of the CDC (Center for Disease Control), went on Fox News Sunday, where Baier interviewed her. Walensky went on to discuss the new relaxed Covid testing and isolation guidelines.
Baier asked about a statement made by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor during arguments of the Biden Administration vaccinate or test mandate case. Sotomayor said, “We have over 100,000 children, which we’ve never had before, in serious condition and many on ventilators.” Baier said accurate data shows that fewer than 3500 pediatric hospitalizations are due to Covid.
Walensky responded, but did not address the number of hospitalizations, instead saying the majority of cases are from unvaccinated patients, who likely caught it from their unvaccinated parents. Walensky went further, saying, “First of all, the vast majority of children who are in the hospital are unvaccinated, and for those children who are not eligible for vaccination, we do know that they are most likely to get sick with COVID if their family members aren’t vaccinated, so the most important thing we can do for those children to keep them out of the hospital is to vaccinate them and to vaccinate their family members around them.”
Baier continued to push, saying, “Understood, but the number is not 100,000; it’s roughly 3,500 in hospitals now.” Walensky agreed but quickly pivoted, saying the numbers were increasing.
Baier then asked, “The risk of death or serious illness in children is still very small, right?” Walensky agreed, “Comparatively the risk of death is small, but of course, you know, children aren’t supposed to die, so if we have a child who’s been – who is sick with COVID-19, we want to make sure – we want to protect them of course.”
Walensky finished by saying, “What my responsibility is is to provide guidance and recommendations to protect the American people. Those recommendations strongly recommend vaccination for our children above the age of 5 and boosting for everyone above the age of 18 if they are eligible.”
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