Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on MSBNC on Sunday that it is “so alarming” that certain people who voted for former President Donald Trump do not want to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
“I’d like to discuss vaccines. Chuck Todd, host of “Meet The Press,” said, “He has hesitancy here.” “Politics is causing a greater schism. We discussed it earlier. For example, among Trump supporters, 47% say they will not be vaccinated, 30% say yes, and half of Republican men say they will not be vaccinated. You have the PSA with all of the past presidents in it except one, Donald Trump.
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Do you believe he needs to be enlisted here in some way to persuade his constituents to get this vaccine?”
“Chuck, I hope he does,” Fauci answered, “because the figures you gave are so troubling, how such a large proportion of a certain group of citizens will refuse to get vaccinated purely for political reasons.” “It makes no sense, and I’ve been saying it for a long time.”
He said, “We have to distinguish political persuasion from what is common sense, no-brainer public health concerns.” “Vaccines have saved us from smallpox, polio, measles, and a variety of other diseases throughout history. What exactly is the issue here?
This is a vaccine that will save millions of people’s lives. I’m not sure why any groups would refuse to do so for reasons I don’t understand. I’m not sure why that is, particularly when you have a vaccine that is 94 percent or 95 percent effective and very healthy. “I’m not sure what you’re talking about.”
On Sunday, Fauci said on CNN that coronavirus recommendations would be “much more liberal” by the Fourth of July if the number of cases in the US drops as more people get vaccinated.
“I’m not going to be able to tell you exactly what the specific guidelines of the (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) are if by the Fourth of July, with the rollout of the vaccine, we get the level of infection so low — I’m not going to be able to tell you exactly what the specific guidelines of the (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) are, but I can tell you for sure (guidelines) would be much more liberal than they are right now on what you can