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Chaos Breaks Out As Reporters Ask Fauci About COVID Origins

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Chaos broke out in the White House press room on Tuesday, after multiple reporters asked Anthony Fauci questions about the origins of Covid-19 and related investigations.

As reporters began asking questions, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre attempted to shut down the discussion.

We have a process here, I’m not calling on people who yell, and you’re being disrespectful to your colleagues and you’re being disrespectful to our guests,” she said, scolding the journalists. “I will not call on you if you yell, and also you’re taking time off the clock because Dr. Fauci has to leave in a couple of minutes.”

“You need to call people across the room! She has a valid question, she’s asked about the origin of COVID,” a reporter from Africa Today shot back.

Fauci only ended up answering three questions – including one about House Republicans taking the majority in Congress and potentially investigating him.

Multiple GOP lawmakers have signaled they would call him to testify over the origins of the COVID-19 virus and his agency having provided funding to a third party to carry out controversial research in Wuhan, China.

The longtime federal official said that he has testified “hundreds of times” and would comply with Republicans if he is asked. Regarding questions about the origin of COVID-19, Fauci did not answer Tuesday. -Epoch Times

“I’ll let other people judge the value or not of my accomplishments, but I would like people to remember about what I’ve done, is that every day for all of those years I’ve given it everything that I have and I’ve never left anything on the field,” Fauci said.

He then called on people to get updated COVID-19 booster shots.

“Whether you’re a far-right Republican or a far-left Democrat, it doesn’t make any difference to me,” he said. “I look upon it the same way as I did in the emergency room in middle New York City when I was taking care of everybody who was coming in off the street.”

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Fauci has been targeted by GOP officials and conservatives for the often dire predictions he’s made about the trajectory of COVID-19 and for publicly backing COVID-19 shutdown orders, mask mandates, and vaccine mandates. Some, like Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, said that Fauci and other federal officials have attempted to create panic over the virus.

DeSantis in August told podcaster Dan Bongino that Fauci tried to “sow fear in the population and scared a lot of parents” when he called for schools to be shut down in favor of in-person learning. “We can never go down that road,” DeSantis said.

Starting in early 2020, Fauci has become essentially the public face of the federal government’s pandemic response, making hundreds of media appearances and giving numerous interviews.

In the statement announcing the move in July, Fauci stated he is “not retiring” and will work on “science and public health and to inspire and mentor the next generation of scientific leaders as they help prepare the world to face future infectious disease threats.”

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NIAID provided funds to EcoHealth Alliance, which conducted bat coronavirus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China before the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan. Chinese Communist Party officials have officially stated that the virus emerged at a wet market, but some U.S. intelligence officials believe it emerged at the Wuhan lab.

Republican lawmakers who have been investigating the lab-leak origin theory want to look further into whether NIAID or Fauci played a role in doling out funds to EcoHealth.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, also a Republican, and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry are expected to testify against Fauci as part of a lawsuit. In a lawsuit in May, the two officials alleged that Fauci’s agency and other federal officials colluded with social media firms to censor speech.

“During COVID, we know that high-ranking Facebook officials were text messaging the surgeon general of the United States saying, ‘Hey, we took that down, what more can we do?’ We also know that there was a special portal created for Big Tech with the government to take down people and have them de-platformed,” Schmitt told Fox News earlier this week about the suit.

Other than Fauci, they’ve attempted to depose former White House press secretary Jen Psaki, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency director Jen Easterly, and FBI officials. The Biden administration has appealed their lawsuit, although a judge on Nov. 2 rejected the government’s request.

This post was originally published at Zero Hedge

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COVID Lockdown Protests Erupt In Beijing, Xinjiang After Deadly Fire

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Protests have erupted in Beijing and the far western Xinjiang region over COVID-19 lockdowns and a deadly fire on Thursday in a high-rise building in Urumqi that killed 10 people (with some reports putting the number as high as 40).

Crowds took to the street in Urumqi, the capitol of Xinjiang, with protesters chanting “End the lockdown!” while pumping their fists in the air, following the circulation of videos of the fire on Chinese social media on Friday night.

Protest videos show people in a plaza singing China’s national anthem – particularly the line: “Rise up, those who refuse to be slaves!” Others shouted that they did not want lockdowns. In the northern Beijing district of Tiantongyuan, residents tore down signs and took to the streets.

Reuters verified that the footage was published from Urumqi, where many of its 4 million residents have been under some of the country’s longest lockdowns, barred from leaving their homes for as long as 100 days.

In the capital of Beijing 2,700 km (1,678 miles) away, some residents under lockdown staged small-scale protests or confronted their local officials over movement restrictions placed on them, with some successfully pressuring them into lifting them ahead of a schedule. –Reuters

According to an early Saturday news conference by Urumqi officials, COVID measures did not hamper escape and rescue during the fire, but Chinese social media wasn’t buying it.

The Urumqi fire got everyone in the country upset,” said Beijing resident Sean Li.

According to Reuters

A planned lockdown for his compound “Berlin Aiyue” was called off on Friday after residents protested to their local leader and convinced him to cancel it, negotiations that were captured by a video posted on social media.

The residents had caught wind of the plan after seeing workers putting barriers on their gates. “That tragedy could have happened to any of us,” he said.

By Saturday evening, at least ten other compounds lifted lockdown before the announced end-date after residents complained, according to a Reuters tally of social media posts by residents.

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Poll: Only 28% Of Americans Are Worried About COVID Anymore

78% believe the pandemic to be “over”

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A Gallup poll has found that fewer than a third of Americans remain worried about COVID.

“Twenty-eight percent of Americans say they are ‘very’ or ‘somewhat worried’ they will get COVID — the lowest percentage Gallup has recorded since the summer of 2021,” the pollster notes.

The survey also found that 78% believe the pandemic to be “over,” a new high, with most people saying that everyone should “lead their normal lives as much as possible and avoid interruptions to work and business.”

Gallup further notes that “The same poll finds the smallest percentages of Americans yet reporting they are steering clear of specific situations because of the coronavirus, including avoiding large crowds (24%), avoiding travel by plane or public transportation (19%), avoiding going to public places (16%) and avoiding small gatherings (13%).”

“Use of face masks remains fairly common, but the 40% saying they have worn one in the past week when outside their home is also a new low during the pandemic,” the pollster adds.

Most Americans are not bothering with social distancing anymore either, according to the poll.

“About six in 10 Americans (59%) say they have made no attempt to isolate themselves from people outside their household in the past 24 hours — the most eschewing social distancing since the beginning of the pandemic,” Gallup explains.

“Sixteen percent, similar to the level in April, now say they have completely or mostly isolated themselves from people outside their household, while 25% — the lowest reading since April 2020 — say they have isolated themselves partially or a little,” the report further notes.

Despite the findings, along with all the recent revelations about vaccines and vaccine mandates, globalist technocrats appear to be planning to bring back vaccine passports for the “next pandemic.”

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    Anti-Lockdown Stanford Professor: “Academic Freedom Is Dead”

    “They systematically tried to make it seem like everyone agreed with their ideas about COVID policy, when in fact there was deep disagreement among scientists”

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    A Stanford Professor who challenged the orthodoxy of lockdowns has warned that “academic freedom is dead,” and that all those who have stood up to the regime narrative now face “a deeply hostile work environment.”

    Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, an author of the Great Barrington Declaration in which thousands of scientists called for a policy of herd immunity over lockdowns, warned that “When you take a position that is at odds with the scientific clerisy, your life becomes a living hell.” 

    Speaking at the Academic Freedom Conference at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business recently, Bhattacharya, who previously described lockdowns as the most catastrophically harmful policy in “all of history,” and “the single worst public health mistake in the last 100 years,” noted “we have a high clerisy that declares from on high what is true and what is not true.”

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    In a further interview with Fox News, Bhattacharya noted “The basic premise is that if you don’t have protection and academic freedom in the hard cases, when a faculty member has an idea that’s unpopular among some of the other faculty – powerful faculty, or even the administration … If they don’t protect it in that case, then you don’t have academic freedom at all.”

    Bhattacharya and thousands of other academics and scientists were initially vilified for damning lockdowns, but have since been vindicated as the societal and medical toll of the shutdowns has been revealed.

    Bhattacharya said of the declaration, “The purpose of the one-page document was aimed at telling the public that there was not a scientific consensus in favor of lockdown, that in fact many epidemiologists, many doctors, many other people – prominent people – disagreed with the consensus.”

    The professor then described how proponents of the declaration were systematically frozen out of discussions and debates.

    “If Stanford really truly were committed to academic freedom, they would have… worked to make sure that there were debates and discussions, seminars, where these ideas were discussed among faculty,” he urged, adding that  “power replaced the idea of truth as the guiding light.”

    “So you have somebody like Tony Fauci who says unironically, that if you question me, you’re not simply questioning a man, you’re questioning science itself,” Bhattacharya further noted, adding “That is an exercise of raw power, where he places himself effectively as the pope of science rather than a genuine desire to learn the truth.”

    “They systematically tried to make it seem like everyone agreed with their ideas about COVID policy, when in fact there was deep disagreement among scientists and epidemiologists about the right strategy,” the professor asserted.

    Bhattacharya has also called on new Twitter owner Elon Musk to “expose the government censorship regime,”:

    Bhattacharya’s comments come as a new analysis of federal and state data revealed that for the first time a majority of Americans dying from COVID were at least partially vaccinated.

    “Fifty-eight percent of coronavirus deaths in August were people who were vaccinated or boosted,” the Washington Post reports in a piece headlined ‘Covid is no longer mainly a pandemic of the unvaccinated’. 

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