Orthodox Jewish leaders spoke to Fox Information condemning Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Ailments and chief medical adviser to President Biden, for offhand remarks Fauci made concerning the Hasidic Jewish group in New York and the measles outbreak in 2018-2019.
Referring to herd immunity, Fauci mentioned, “The edge is one thing that we do not know… you need to get to a scenario like with measles, the place you had been like, means, 90-plus % of individuals had been vaccinated and actually bought that sort of, what we name, herd immunity… When it will get beneath that quantity, you begin to see outbreaks, like we noticed a while in the past within the New York Metropolis space with Hasidic Jewish individuals who weren’t getting vaccinated.”
“Dr. Fauci mentioned within 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 even supposing it began in different states and it contaminated non-Hasidim,” the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council (OJPAC) instructed Fox Information in a press release.
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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 could actually extra simply assault Hasidim as a consequence of age; not vaccine hesitancy,” the OJPAC added.
“The truth is, 96% school-aged kids had been absolutely vaccinated however there may be simply such a big portion of the inhabitants within the age group not eligible for partial or full vaccination. This issue, plus the truth that measles principally assaults the younger, signifies that Hasidim can undergo 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, instructed Fox Information.
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“When unsure blame the Jews,” Rabbi Yisroael Kahan, a New York-area rabbi and member of the Rockland County Human Rights Fee, posted on Twitter. He cited figures from the New York State Division of Well being displaying that the vaccination charge at Jewish colleges in Brooklyn is 96%.
The NIAID didn’t reply to Fox Information’ request for remark by press time.