July 20th, 2021 3-5PM ET
Tuesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
‘If anybody is lying here senator, it is you,’ Fauci tells Sen. Paul in heated exchange at Senate hearing White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci and Sen. Rand Paul traded barbs in a heated exchange at a Senate hearing Tuesday over whether the National Institutes of Health funded controversial research Paul claims could have contributed to the Covid-19 pandemic. Paul grilled Fauci about an NIH funded study that he says qualifies as gain-of-function research, the process of altering a pathogen to make it more transmissible in order to better predict emerging diseases. Fauci previously denied in previous Senate testimony that the NIH has directly funded the research at a lab in Wuhan, China that has come under intense scrutiny as a possible source of the virus. Paul asked Fauci if he would like to retract that statement from the May 11 testimony, “Fauci, as you are aware it is a crime to lie to Congress.”Fauci, who oversees several NIH research programs as director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he wouldn’t retract his previous statement. “I have not lied before Congress. I have never lied. Certainly not before Congress. Case closed,” Fauci said. He said the study Paul was referring to does not constitute gain-of-function research. “Senator Paul, you do not know what you are talking about, quite frankly, and I would like to say that officially. You do not know what you are talking about,” Fauci said. Paul countered: “No one is saying those viruses caused the pandemic. What we’re alleging is that gain of function research was done in that lab and NIH funded it. You can’t get away from it, it meets your definition and you are obfuscating the truth.” As the two men talked over one another, Fauci interjected that Paul was the one who was obfuscating the truth.
Can the Biden Administration Censor the Internet Through Private Companies? Misinformation has become one of the most abused words in contemporary dialogue. Any reasonable person should immediately raise red flags when someone shows concern to regulate “misinformation” as they are likely referring to simple narratives and content that they don’t like. This is why we should all be extremely concerned about the recent sentiments espoused by the Biden Administration to not only focus on misinformation but police it. In particular, Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated that private companies like Facebook should do more to shut down “misinformation.” Not only does that risk opening up a slippery slope to even greater discretion for censorship down the line, but it raises potential constitutional questions and is by no means an appropriate area of intervention for the government. Online media services like Facebook and Twitter are protected from civil lawsuits on content moderation by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996. The law was enacted with the purpose of allowing the internet sector to grow into a diverse and competitive market without being held back by constant lawsuits over content. It keeps the blame on the original author rather than the service merely acting as a platform or publisher. At the same time, it also allows firms to moderate content largely to their own discretion.
US judge rules in favor of university’s vaccine mandate A US federal judge on Monday upheld a university’s decision to require its students and employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19, the first ruling on an increasingly divisive issue ahead of the new school year. The decision by Judge Damon Leichty of the South Bend court, around 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of Chicago, can still be appealed all the way to the Supreme Court. In a case brought by eight students, the judge refused to suspend new health rules imposed by Indiana University in preparation for the resumption of classes between August 1 and 15. The rules require COVID-19 vaccination for the school’s 90,000 students and 40,000 employees but allow for exemptions on religious or medical grounds. The US Constitution allows students to refuse “unwanted medical treatment based on bodily autonomy,” Leichty wrote. But it also “permits Indiana University to pursue a reasonable and due process of vaccination in the legitimate interest of public health,” he continued in his 100-page ruling. Six of the eight plaintiffs already have religious exemptions, but they don’t want to wear face masks or abide by social distancing, he said. Some put forward religious reasons or the fear of being discriminated against, while others described the measure as a cultural attack. However, in recent months, they had all agreed to comply with such health measures in other contexts, the judge pointed out. The vaccination campaign in the United States, which has made enormous progress against the pandemic, has stalled in recent weeks.
People becoming desensitized to COVID-19 illnesses, death, research suggests Although people in early 2020 hoarded toilet paper, washed their hands incessantly, and wouldn’t leave home, 11 months later the public pushed the envelope on COVID-19 safety precautions and ignored warnings as time went on, a new University of California, Davis, study suggests. Researchers in the Department of Communication examined people’s reactions and expressions of anxiety about news articles on Twitter. Additionally, they investigated reactions to fear-inducing health news over time, despite the steadily rising COVID-19 death toll, said Hannah Stevens, a doctoral student in communication and lead author of the paper. The paper, “Desensitization to Fear-Inducting COVID-19 Health News on Twitter: Observational Study,” was published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research Infodemiology on July 16. The researchers examined how COVID-19 news articles shared to Twitter were first met with anxiety-ridden tweets early in the pandemic, during a coinciding spike in instances of panic-buying, extreme social distancing and quarantine measures. Despite the increased death toll, those behaviors then gave way over time to less concerned responses to COVID-19 news, along with increases in societal risk-taking during that time period. “COVID-19 has made an indelible mark on history, and now it’s time to consider what went wrong so we can do better in communicating more effectively during future health crises, and even now, as the delta variant becomes more widespread,” said Stevens. “First and foremost, we need to understand how and why scary health news lost impact over time, despite the rapidly increasing death toll.”
Vaccine mandates more likely once FDA grants full approvals, health experts say The United States could see a wave of Covid-19 vaccine mandates as soon as the Food and Drug Administration grants full approval to one or more of the shots, public health experts predicted. The three vaccines authorized by the FDA for emergency use against the coronavirus have proven safe and effective under that expedited review process and in the real world, and doctors and the nation’s top public health officials have said there’s no need for anyone to wait to get inoculated. But as the pace of vaccinations lags and concerns about the highly-contagious delta variant grow, the official regulatory signoff would remove a significant legal and public relations barrier for businesses and government agencies that want to require vaccinations for their employees and customers, former health officials from the Biden and the Obama administrations said. “I think once the vaccines go through full FDA approval, everything should be on the table, and I think that everything will be on the table at the level of municipalities, states, employers, venues, government agencies,” said Andy Slavitt, who stepped down as President Joe Biden’s Covid response coordinator last month and remains in close contact with administration officials. Many institutions, including colleges and universities, have long required certain immunizations. Still, the suggestion of Covid vaccine mandates, whether by local governments for school children or by businesses for their customers, has so far been met with sharp resistance — primarily from conservative lawmakers and activists.
Canada will open its borders to fully vaccinated Americans on Aug. 9 U.S. citizens who have been vaccinated for at least 14 days and meet other entry requirements may cross the northern border starting at 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 9, the Public Health Agency of Canada said. Travelers will need to have had a full series of a vaccine that is accepted by the Canadian government, which are the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson shots. “We’re moving forward and safely easing some border measures that have been in place throughout the pandemic — thanks to the hard work of Canadians, rising Covid-19 vaccination rates, and declining Covid-19 case numbers,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement. U.S. children under 12 who are not vaccinated will also be allowed to enter as long as they are accompanied by a “fully vaccinated parent, step-parent, guardian or tutor,” the health department said. Travelers from the rest of the world will also be eligible to enter Canada starting Sept. 7, “provided that Canada’s Covid-19 epidemiology remains favourable,” the health agency statement said. The statement warned that borders could close again at any moment if conditions take a turn for the worst. “Border measures also remain subject to change as the epidemiological situation evolves,” the health agency said. “As Canada begins to welcome fully vaccinated travellers from the U.S., the Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation and provide updated travel advice for Canadians.”
CDC says ‘no plans to update’ school mask guidance after pediatrics group breaks from White House The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told Fox News on Tuesday that the agency has “no plans to update” mask use recommendations. The comment comes after Dr. Anthony Fauci said earlier Tuesday the CDC was “carefully looking” at its guidance relating to mask use in schools after the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) broke from federal health guidance, advising anyone above the age of 2 wear masks inside schools to protect against the spread of the coronavirus, “regardless of vaccination status.” “CDC has no plans to update any guidance regarding masks,” Kristen Nordlund, CDC spokeswoman, told Fox News. The CDC has advised masks should be worn indoors by all individuals ages 2 and older who are not fully vaccinated against coronavirus. The CDC stated that those who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, including while participating in extracurricular activities or while eating. However, it noted that based on the needs of the community, a school may opt to make mask use universally required regardless of vaccination status. “[Parents] should do what has been locally asked for,” Fauci told CBS co-hosts, calling the AAP’s masking recommendations “the extra step of caution.”
Anger as French protesters compare vaccines to Nazi horrors A French Holocaust survivor has denounced anti-vaccination protesters comparing themselves to Jews who were persecuted by Nazi Germany during World War II. French officials and anti-racism groups joined the 94-year-old in expressing indignation. As more than 100,000 people marched around France against government vaccine rules on Saturday, some demonstrators wore yellow stars recalling the ones the Nazis forced Jews to wear. Other demonstrators carried signs evoking the Auschwitz death camp or South Africa’s apartheid regime, claiming the French government was unfairly mistreating them with its anti-pandemic measures. “You can’t imagine how much that upset me. This comparison is hateful. We must all rise up against this ignominy,” Holocaust survivor Joseph Szwarc said Sunday during a ceremony commemorating victims of antisemitic and racist acts by the French state, which collaborated with Adolf Hitler’s regime. “I wore the star, I know what that is, I still have it in my flesh,” Szwarc, who was deported from France by the Nazis, said with tears in his eyes. “It is everyone’s duty to not allow this outrageous, antisemitic, racist wave to pass over us.”
Survey: Mothers remain more resistant than fathers to COVID-19 vaccines for their kids While parents have a more favorable view of COVID-19 vaccinations for their children than they did earlier in the year, sharp differences between mothers and fathers have hardly budged, with moms remaining more skittish about vaccines, according to a U.S. survey by researchers from Northeastern, Harvard, Northwestern, and Rutgers. Lingering maternal reluctance is noteworthy since moms tend to have more influence over children’s health decisions than dads, and their cautious approach could be caused by societal expectations, says Matthew Simonson, a doctoral candidate in network science at Northeastern and lead author of the study. “Women may be more likely to be judged by society as to how good a parent they are than fathers, and that just creates even more pressure on mothers to play it safe,” he explains. “There’s a false perception that playing it safe means avoiding vaccinations. But this perception may shift as more children start getting sick with the Delta variant.” The survey found mothers 36 years of age and older were more open toward vaccinating their kids than they were in the spring, with resistance dropping by four percentage points to 20 percent. Fathers in the same age group, however, were far more likely to embrace inoculations, with resistance dropping to 11 percent. Mothers 18 to 35 years old, however, remain solidly opposed, with only the slightest movement in favor of vaccines. Resistance dropped only one percentage point to 32 percent. But researchers predict more of these mothers will be increasingly receptive once federal health authorities green light vaccines in their children’s age ranges.
Questions of The Day!
Hello RSB and Super Don! I try to watch your show everday (although I’m supposed to be working, I love commenting when I can. LOL)!! Thank you so much for being an advocate for health freedom! I am heading (road tripping from MN to Atlanta to avoid flying) to a large conference (lots of people) in Atlanta next week and I found out my hotel roommate had COVID for the last week. It spread to her family and they are all recovering well, except her husband who is trying to get some ivermectin. She is a nurse and used natural methods to treat it. 🙂 My concern is what should I make sure I am taking every day while at the conference to hopefully minimize or avoid contracting COVID. I already take selenium, silica, and chromium as well as vitamin D. How much of each should I make sure I am taking? I also have added Cardio Miracle to my daily regimine. What remedies (homeopathic) would be good to pack as a “just in case”? I actually was sick last February (2020) with something (first I had the flu and then something else hit me like a mack truck. After one day of eucalyptus oil via steam I started to feel better, also used selenium, elderberry syrup and oreganol oil), thankfully, I have not been sick since, which I believe is because of the supplementation I learned about from your show. I’m not overly concerned, but want to be prepared. Thanks again for all you do!
Hi Robert , so glad to see and hear Super Don ! He sounds like he is doing much better ! I have to say he sounds exactly like I sounded about a month ago when I became sick . Two of my kids were sick also . Now ,just waiting to see if my husband and older son come down with this too .
I am curious and would like to know if you ever covered the topic of eating foods that are alkaline instead of acid producing as a systemic way of preventing and healing from illness or disease?
Also , I had a friend tell me years ago that if you are exposed to someone that is sneezing/coughing ( exhibiting cold or flu symptoms) immediately afterwards you should put some hydrogen peroxide into your ear canal ( put some onto a q-tip , wipe it around the inside of the canal) that would stop the entry of the “virus “ into your body . Also hydrogen peroxide is a mild disinfectant. I don’t always remember to do this but my adult son does and rarely gets sick . Maybe that is another reason why masks don’t work ? If there are “viruses “ they may enter through the ear canal .
Robert , you are doing great on your own , but do miss you and Super Don’s conversations ! Prayers for a speedy recovery Super Don !
FDA Allows Impure Smoking Cessation Drug to Stay on the Market To ensure uninterrupted access to varenicline, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will allow distribution of the smoking cessation drug to continue; some lots of pills were found to contain the carcinogen N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). On July 2, the FDA alerted patients and healthcare professionals of Pfizer’s voluntary recall of nine lots of varenicline (Chantix) because of the possibility that the tablets contained levels of the nitrosamine impurity that were higher than the FDA’s acceptable intake limit. On July 16, the FDA said it would not object to distribution of varenicline that contained levels of the nitrosamine impurity higher than its acceptable intake limit of 37 ng/d but lower than the interim acceptable intake limit of 185 ng/d until the impurity can be eliminated or reduced to acceptable levels. “N-nitroso-varenicline may be associated with a potential increased cancer risk in humans, but there is no immediate risk to patients taking this medication,” the FDA said in an update on its website. “An increased cancer risk would be associated with long-term use, and the health benefits of stopping smoking outweigh the cancer risk from the nitrosamine impurity in varenicline,” the FDA said. By allowing Canadian generic drugmaker Apotex to temporarily continue to distribute varenicline in the United States despite the possibility that tablets containing N-nitroso-varenicline at levels up to the FDA’s interim acceptable intake limit of 185 ng/d “will help maintain adequate varenicline supply in the US for the near term,” the FDA said.