Many of our hospitals are now dangerously close to maximum capacity due to rising COVID cases, and the heroic doctors and nurses who have stood on the frontlines of the pandemic need the ability to treat patients with other serious illnesses and emergencies as well. — Sarah Huckabee Sanders, former Trump White House press secretary
Many of our hospitals are now dangerously close to maximum capacity due to rising COVID cases, and the heroic doctors and nurses who have stood on the frontlines of the pandemic need the ability to treat patients with other serious illnesses and emergencies as well. — Sarah Huckabee Sanders, former Trump White House press secretary
Republican vaccine shift too late to halt Covid surge
Social, moral and political pressure is beginning to build on tens of millions of Americans who decline to take safe, effective vaccines against Covid-19, as even some conservative politicians join the persuasion effort amid a dangerous new wave.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top government infectious diseases expert, bluntly warned on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday the pandemic is “going in the wrong direction” because 50% of the country is not fully vaccinated.

Fauci, one of the world’s most respected public health experts, has been demonized by conservative attacks. But as the Delta variant scythes through the unvaccinated heartland, a handful of conservative leaders are now mirroring his plea for holdouts to get their shots to save their lives.

But polling shows that many Americans in conservative states remain deeply skeptical of the vaccine and many intend never to take it, or are highly unlikely to change their minds as the virus – and a highly contagious variant – begins to deepen its terrible toll.

That reality is causing recalculations inside the White House about a crisis many of President Joe Biden’s top aides had hoped was all but over. Top officials are discussing the possibility of reviving mask guidance for vaccinated citizens in some areas where the virus is raging particularly severely. The prospect of another brutal fall and winter in the pandemic also threatens to detract from the President’s ambitious agenda, haunt his presidency and damage the economic recovery heading into midterm elections that were already a tough challenge.

Fauci said on “State of the Union” that the vast majority of American deaths in a worsening pandemic would come among those who have delayed getting their injections.

“This is an issue predominantly among the unvaccinated, which is the reason why we’re out there, practically pleading with the unvaccinated people to go out and get vaccinated,” he told Jake Tapper.

... Now, former Trump White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who is running for governor in Arkansas, has publicly joined the pro-vaccine camp with an opinion article in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper over the weekend.

She noted that 98% of those hospitalized in her state and 99% of those who had recently died from Covid were unvaccinated.

“Many of our hospitals are now dangerously close to maximum capacity due to rising COVID cases, and the heroic doctors and nurses who have stood on the frontlines of the pandemic need the ability to treat patients with other serious illnesses and emergencies as well,” Sanders wrote.

But her endorsement of vaccines was preceded by a volley of attacks on Democrats, Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Fauci and media organizations she accused of damaging confidence in vaccines — even though the conservative media machine has been pushing misinformation for months.

It was a reminder of the political hoops that Republican politicians must now navigate in order to take a position based on facts — the effectiveness of vaccines — while trying not being seen as caving into what their constituents perceive as liberal experts and journalists.

“If someone doesn’t want to get vaccinated, I have no desire to hold them down and to force them to be vaccinated but they should make sure that they don’t harm others,” said Lawrence Gostin, a professor of global health law at Georgetown University.

“They either get the jab or they have to get two tests per week; they have to mask up. But we should absolutely make sure that if you make a decision not to be vaccinated that you just have no right to go unmasked and unvaccinated in a crowded work place,” Gostin said on “Smerconish” on CNN on Saturday.

“We need to make being vaccinated the default, the easy choice.”
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