Orthodox Jewish leaders spoke to Fox News condemning Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to President Biden, for offhand remarks Fauci made about the Hasidic Jewish neighborhood in New York and the measles outbreak in 2018-2019.
Referring to herd immunity, Fauci mentioned, “The threshold is one thing that we do not know… it’s a must to get to a state of affairs like with measles, the place you had been like, means, 90-plus p.c of individuals had been vaccinated and actually bought that sort of, what we name, herd immunity… When it will get under that quantity, you begin to see outbreaks, like we noticed a while in the past in the New York City space with Hasidic Jewish individuals who weren’t getting vaccinated.”
“Dr. Fauci mentioned in the CBS look that herd immunity for measles is 90% – 95% after which he incorrectly blamed Hasidim of N.Y. for the 2018-2019 outbreak regardless of the undeniable fact that it began in different states and it contaminated non-Hasidim,” the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council (OJPAC) informed Fox News in an announcement.
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“He appears unaware that solely 80% Hasidim in N.Y. are age-eligible for full vaccination in opposition to measles, which signifies that throughout an outbreak it may extra simply assault Hasidim resulting from age; not vaccine hesitancy,” the OJPAC added.
“In truth, 96% school-aged kids had been totally vaccinated however there may be simply such a big portion of the inhabitants in the age group not eligible for partial or full vaccination. This issue, plus the undeniable fact that measles largely assaults the younger, signifies that Hasidim can endure extra throughout an outbreak regardless of following vaccination mandates at a really excessive charge,” the assertion concluded.
“For Dr. Fauci to level fingers and say New York Hasidim didn’t vaccinate is categorically false, and it performs proper into the stereotype of the cancerous, parasitic, soiled Jew throughout a time of heightened anti-Semitism,” Yaakov Menken, managing director of the Coalition for Jewish Values, informed Fox News.
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“When doubtful blame the Jews,” Rabbi Yisroael Kahan, a New York-area rabbi and member of the Rockland County Human Rights Commission, posted on Twitter. He cited figures from the New York State Department of Health displaying that the vaccination charge at Jewish faculties in Brooklyn is 96%.
The NIAID didn’t reply to Fox News’ request for remark by press time.