We've got to dissociate political persuasion from what's common sense, no-brainer public health things. The history of vaccinology has rescued us from smallpox, from polio, from measles, from all of the other diseases. What is the problem here? — Dr. Anthony Fauci, National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director
We've got to dissociate political persuasion from what's common sense, no-brainer public health things. The history of vaccinology has rescued us from smallpox, from polio, from measles, from all of the other diseases. What is the problem here? — Dr. Anthony Fauci, National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director
Fauci: it's 'disturbing' that Trump voters say they won't get vaccinated for COVID-19
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci said it was "disturbing" Trump supporters were avoiding the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • A poll conducted in March found that 47% of Trump voters said they wouldn't get the vaccine.
  • Just 10% of people who voted for Biden said they wouldn't get the vaccine, according to the poll.
During an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," Fauci said he hoped that Trump would speak out and encourage his supporters to get the COVID-19 vaccine after all former living presidents, except for Trump, appeared last week in a PSA from the nonprofit Ad Council urging Americans to get the vaccination. The Ad Council said the commercial was filmed during Biden's inauguration, which Trump did not attend. Portions of the PSA featuring former President Jimmy Carter, who was unable to attend the inauguration, were filmed separately, according to Deadline.

Fauci, who frequently disagreed with Trump and his administration about the coronavirus pandemic, encouraged the former president to speak up in support of vaccinations.

"I hope he does because the numbers that you gave are so disturbing, how such a large proportion of a certain group of people would not want to make — would not want to get vaccinated merely because of political consideration," Fauci told "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd. "It makes absolutely no sense."

... Fauci said Sunday that it was imperative to remove politics from public health. Issues from the vaccine to the wearing of face masks have over the past year served as major dividers between politicians and their followers on the right and left.

"We've got to dissociate political persuasion from what's common sense, no-brainer public health things," he continued. "The history of vaccinology has rescued us from smallpox, from polio, from measles, from all of the other diseases. What is the problem here?"

Fauci said at this point last year he knew the pandemic was going to be "bad" but said he was unaware of just how bad it would be.

The US death toll, which has surpassed 528,000, remains the highest in the world.

"Not only suffering health-wise and deaths and loss of loved ones, but what, what it has done to society, to the economy, and how it has kind of deepened some of the divisiveness that we've had in our, in our country to begin with. It's just made it even more intense," he said. "It's just been a bad time all around."
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