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You’re indicating liberty and freedom. I look at it as a public health measure to prevent people from dying and going to the hospital. . . . Right now we have about 60,000 infections a day, which is a very large risk for
a surge. We’re not talking about liberties. We’re talking about a pandemic that has killed 560,000 Americans.

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and President Joe Biden’s top medical adviser for the coronavirus pandemic, in a televised hearing in which he responded to assertions from Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) that mitigation measures such as mask mandates and social distancing recommendations were threatening “Americans’ liberties” (April 15)

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We now have a highly polarized political environment in which partisans find it convenient to discredit science that is inhospitable to their views
. . . . Science didn’t create the polarization; it is a victim of the polarizing environment.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center, talking to Chemical and Engineering News about the US public’s relationship with the scientific community in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic (January 25)

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