Well this is inaccurate.

A. Did Dr. Fauci say that vaccination rates for measles were low in the Jewish community in Rockland, or in the Jewish schools there? Because measles vaccination is given before children are school age.
So, if vaccination by age 4 was found to be in the 95% range (it’s not, more later), that does not mean that community wide vaccination with measles was at a sufficient level.

So, Fauci didn’t lie.
B. Although reported measles cases peaked at 1,200 in New York, thousands more went unreported in both Williamsburg and Rockland County. Children don’t get the measles if they’re vaccinated.

So, Fauci didn’t lie.
C. Accurate school immunization rates in Rockland County for the measles in 2019 was 77%.

So, Fauci didn’t lie.
D. Falsely accusing Fauci of a false accusation is ironic, but it’s also not a great idea to foster mistrust of one of best leadership we have during this pandemic.
E. “Dr. Fauci should have relied on actual and relevant public data and not on media reports.”

Dr. Fauci’s suggestion about low measles immunization rates is based on this public health data:
Rising to tackle anti-Semitic reporting is important.

But it needs to be based on actual and relevant public data.

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9 Dec 20
There’s a first time for everything, and today a sweet patient of mine showed up to her appointment, dead.

The secretary clinic called me, stating a cab driver had appeared at the door, asking for help getting the patient out of his yellow cab.

I stepped into the flurry.
The driver had taken out her walker, which was waiting patiently near the car. I peered into the backseat.

She was slumped over, jaw slack. She had no pulse and her eyes were fixed and staring.

I yelled for the driver to call 911 and began 1-handed CPR, cradling her head.
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Her physician came out and continued compressions, leaning over my shoulder in the yellow cab backseat while I held her in my arms.

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I will start sharing resources on the COVID vaccine, as I come across them. Every resource is one that I have vetted.

It is incumbent upon everyone to do their due diligence: read, watch, learn. Do what you must to feel comfortable getting the COVID vaccine to end this
pandemic and the loss of human lives.

It’s not acceptable, during this time particularly, to read a snippet or screenshot or meme or unverified information and make a decision based off that. It is even less acceptable to share misinformation. It will kill.
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When the family begged me for a timeline weeks ago, I predicted (with the caveat that only God knows) that he’d live
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“Let’s give him morphine,” I suggested gently.

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