It’s a public-health issue. It doesn’t matter who you are.  … there is that divide of people wanting to get vaccinated and not wanting to get vaccinated, which is really unfortunate, because it’s losing lives. — Anthony S. Fauci, the White House’s chief coronavirus medical adviser
It’s a public-health issue. It doesn’t matter who you are. … there is that divide of people wanting to get vaccinated and not wanting to get vaccinated, which is really unfortunate, because it’s losing lives. — Anthony S. Fauci, the White House’s chief coronavirus medical adviser
Fauci says there should be more covid vaccine mandates at the local level
Anthony S. Fauci, the White House’s chief coronavirus medical adviser, said there should be more coronavirus vaccine requirements at the local level, though he has continued to insist the federal government will not mandate them.

“I have been of this opinion, and I remain of that opinion, that I do believe at the local level, there should be more mandates. There really should be,” Fauci said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” when host Jake Tapper asked whether he thought it would be a good idea for businesses and schools to require coronavirus vaccinations.

“We’re talking about life-and-death situations,” Fauci added. “We’ve lost 600,000 Americans already, and we’re still losing more people. There have been 4 million deaths worldwide. This is serious business. So I am in favor of that.”

As he has in recent weeks, Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, expressed concern about vaccine hesitancy, as the coronavirus’s more contagious delta variant becomes dominant in the United States. Fauci also alluded to recent polling that shows such vaccine hesitancy has been driven by Republicans, which he suggested Sunday was because of “ideological rigidity.”

“Why are we having red states and places in the South that are very highly ideological in one way not wanting to get vaccinations? Vaccinations have nothing to do with politics,” Fauci said. “It’s a public-health issue. It doesn’t matter who you are. The virus doesn’t know whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican or an independent. … And yet there is that divide of people wanting to get vaccinated and not wanting to get vaccinated, which is really unfortunate, because it’s losing lives.”


... Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) also had strong words Sunday for his Republican colleagues who have been sowing fears about the coronavirus vaccines, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) comparing those going door to door to encourage people to get vaccinated to “medical brown shirts” from the Nazi era.

“It’s insanity. It’s absolute insanity,” Kinzinger said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “At no point was anybody saying they’re going to break down your door and jam a vaccine in your arm despite your protests.”

Kinzinger called on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and every other leader in the GOP to “call out these garbage politicians” playing on vaccine fears “for their own selfish gain,” saying such rhetoric would end in Americans dying if it did not stop.

“This plane is going to crash into the ground,” he said. “Listen, if you are a Republican voter, do not listen to people like Marjorie Taylor Greene. The vaccine is safe. Covid is real. Get vaccinated.”
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