Maher began a panel discussion of the show on Friday night with an expression of relief because Dr. Anthony Fauci has given the green light for Halloween, as this is Maher’s “position from the beginning of this”.
“Just get on with your life,” Maher told his audience. “I know it seems like some people don’t want to give up on a wonderful pandemic, but you know what? It’s over. There will always be some variant. You shouldn’t have to wear masks. I should be… since March 2020 I’ve had a meeting with to my staff. Why? “
“I know some people don’t seem to want to give up on a wonderful pandemic, but you know what? It’s over.”
“Also a vaccine, a mask, pick one! You have to choose. You can’t make me a mask if I had a vaccine,” Maher added.
Writer Atlantic Caitlin Flanagan told Maher that she “broke up with COVID” after the first year of the pandemic, and compared her to a “violent” boy.
“And I got the vaccine. I left CVS. I haven’t been so excited about getting out of the pharmacy since I got birth control pills in 1981,” Flanagan joked. “I got cancer. I’m vaxxxed triple. If he gets me, fair play because he’ll fight me, but I won’t stay in my house anymore.”
“I received the vaccine. … I haven’t been so excited when I came out of the pharmacy since I got birth control pills in 1981.”
Maher then put pressure on his guest, Senator Chris Coons, D-Del., As the “Democrats” are the ones who continue to enforce COVID restrictions.
“Now I travel to every state, back on the road, and the red states are a joy, and the blue states are a pain in … For no reason,” Maher said.
“One of the critical things that President Biden is currently discussing, one of the things we need to commit to again, is to support vaccination all over the world,” Coons replied. “There are still a lot of countries that are very, very minimally vaccinated because if a variant is developed in the world that is capable of beating the vaccine, we are all back to square one. So in the United States in most countries of the Western world, we are ready to end but we are not finished until the world is safe and we are not as safe as the world until the world is vaccinated. “
“If a variant is developed in the world that is capable of beating the vaccine, we are all back to square one.”
“It’s just that the world recognizes natural immunity. We don’t,” Maher said, “because everything in this country has to go through pharmaceutical companies. Natural immunity is the best kind of immunity. We shouldn’t fire people who have natural immunity because they don’t get vaccinated.” We should hire them. Yes? “
“If someone is being tested for antibodies,” Coons admitted.
“Well, all right. But you know, the people who had it – I had it,” Maher said. “I mean, you shouldn’t test me anymore. I got the vaccine.”
“And if someone is willing to be a firefighter, if someone is willing to be a police officer, if someone is willing to go to a burning building and say, ‘I’m just not afraid of COVID and I don’t want to take vaccines’ That should be enough,” Flanagan intervened. . “We shouldn’t lose our jobs, we shouldn’t be fired without pay, the guy who saves lives because he refuses to take vaccines. That’s ridiculous.”
The HBO star complained about “messages” regarding COVID and pointed to people he saw outside “alone walking around in a mask,” stressing that he was “so stupid”.
“It’s an amulet, you know? An amulet that people wear around their necks that ward off evil spirits. It means nothing,” Maher said. “I mean, can’t we encourage people to better understand the facts?”
“It’s an amulet, you know? An amulet that people wear around their necks that ward off evil spirits. It means nothing.”
Maher condemned Democrats for a poll that found that “41%” of them believe unvaccinated people have “more than 50%” risk of hospitalization, when in fact “0.89%” and added that ” 0.01% “for vaccinated people.
“So in both cases, the correct answer is less than 1%. They thought it was more than 50. How do people, especially from one party, get such a bad performance? Where did that come from?” Maher asked.
Coons reiterated that “frankly, we should not abandon the need to continue to promote vaccination” so that “we can enjoy the reopening of our society.”
‘Take our chances’
But Maher averted a lack of “consensus” on how many people actually died from COVID, and noted the recent death of former Secretary of State Colin Powell, whom Maher pointed out had cancer and Parkinson’s disease but died of “complications due to COVID-19”. . “
“We spend a lot of time looking at people with a complicated medical history,” Flanagan said. “We look at obesity as a problem, but no one wants to say that because it’s physical positivity. And we look at poverty. That’s what we need to focus on, people who live very close. But there are a lot of people in different poor communities, so you don’t want to take it. We just have to take risks, be thoughtful and careful, and go back there and make sure that people living in dense housing have full access to the vaccine. And if they don’t want to take it … “
“We need to get back to life,” Maher agreed. “I mean, you might look at sporting events that are … all three sports are being played now, including basketball, which is inside. No one seems to be hosting such very widespread events. I mean, you know, it was great. It was it’s so much fun in a pandemic, but, you know, goodbye. ”