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During oral arguments on Friday, Justice Sotomayor made several false claims about the vaccine and the Omicron variant.
According to Townhall:
During questioning, liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor made a number of false statements about the vaccine’s ability to prevent transmission of the virus. While it may protect against death or hospitalization, the vaccine does not prevent transmission.
“They continue to work well for Delta, with regard to severe illness and death – they prevent it. But what they can’t do anymore is prevent transmission,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in an interview with CNN over the summer.
Sotomayor falsely claimed the Omicron variant of the virus is just as deadly as the previous Delta version. This is false.
Further, the Justice claimed 100,000 children are in “serious condition” and “on ventilators” for the disease. This is not true, and according to the data from the CDC, children are still at little risk for serious illness or death from the disease.
Justice Stephen Breyer added his own misinformation to the mix, arguing at one point that there “were 750 million new COVID cases yesterday”, a figure which requires every person in the United States’ population of about 330 million to catch COVID twice in the same day in order to be accurate. His figure does not represent reality even when considering total new global cases which reached 2.4 million according to the New York Time’s daily case tracker.