Dr. Anthony Fauci was criticized for saying he was worried about the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally as a potential “super-spreader” event.
As day three was winding down Sunday, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser said during an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press that he understood why people want to attend, but said he remains ‘concerned’ about the potential to be a “super-spreader” event. The rally kicked off Friday, and has already been linked to three deaths and 207 drinking violations. Organizers expect at least 700,000 people will attend the 10-day rendezvous for motorcycle lovers in the small South Dakota town.
The state of South Dakota has been grappling with COVID-19, as officials reported that cases jumped 68% last week. Last summer, researchers linked over 260,000 coronavirus cases to the two-week event. Fauci stated that he understood the desire for Americans to want to go out and start living their lives as normal, however, he urged Americans that now is not the time for that behavior and expressed concern for those in attendance at the Sturgis motorcycle rally.
“We must have missed Fauci chastising the wide open southern border, the BLM protests, Lollapalooza, the Obama birthday bash, etc… Oh right,” former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Monica Crowley tweeted.
“There comes a time when you’re dealing with a public health crisis, that could involve you, your family, and everyone else that something supersedes that need to do exactly what you want to do,” Fauci said. “You’re going to be able to do that in the future but let’s get this pandemic under control.”
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