Former Republican-turned-independent Rep. Justin Amash (MI) objected to a proposal by leading coronavirus expert Dr. Anthony Fauci that would require Americans to carry “certificates of immunity” to prove their immunity to the disease.
“So police and government officials can stop us wherever we go and demand to see our papers?” Amash tweeted. “How about no.”
So police and government officials can stop us wherever we go and demand to see our papers?
How about no. https://t.co/WCMMyaa6iq
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) April 10, 2020
Dr. Fauci gave the idea during a Friday interview on CNN’s “New Day,” saying the “antibody tests,” which can help identify those already infected with the disease, would be particularly important for medical workers and other first responders and said the plan is “being discussed.”
“You know, that’s possible. It’s one of those things that we talk about when we want to make sure that we know who the vulnerable people are and not — this is something that’s being discussed. I think it might actually have some merit under certain circumstances,” Fauci told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota.
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“If their antibody test is positive, one can formulate strategies about whether or not they would be at risk or vulnerable to getting re-infected. This would be important for health care workers, for first-line fighters,” he said.
He said the tests will be available within “a week or so.”
“Within a period of a week or so, we’re going to have a rather large number of tests that are available,” Fauci said,
Fauci did not give a date for when businesses can reopen again, saying: “The virus kind of decides whether or not it’s going to be appropriate to open or not. I would want to see a clear indication that you are very, very clearly and strongly going in the right direction. Because the one thing you don’t want to do is you don’t want to get out there prematurely and wind up back in the same situation,” he added.
— New Day (@NewDay) April 10, 2020
Attorney General William Barr on Thursday warned of a prolongation of the “draconian” coronavirus rules Americans are forced to follow, saying the restrictions should be eased by the end of April “to allow people to adapt”
“We have to be very careful to make sure this, that the draconian measures that are being adopted are fully justified, and there are not alternative ways of protecting people,” Barr said on Fox News, per the Daily Caller.
“When this period of time at the end of April expires, I think we have to allow people to adapt more than we have, and not just tell people to go home and hide under the bed,” he said.
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