Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday said he believed there should be more COVID-19 vaccine mandates at the local level but the federal government would not mandate the shots.
Fauci, the longtime director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union” when Jake Tapper asked whether he supported vaccine mandates at places like schools and businesses. “There really should be. We’re talking about life-and-death situation. We have lost 600,000 Americans already.” Fauci told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”
“There’s no reason not to get vaccinated. 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. It’s a public health issue,” he said. “We in the United States have enough vaccinations to give to everybody in the country. And they are lifesaving. I mean, we have got to put aside this ideological difference or differences thinking that somebody is forcing you to do something.”
Fauci previously told NBC’s Chuck Todd that more than 99 percent of people who died from COVID-19 in June were not vaccinated, concluding that while “no vaccine is perfect,” most of the deaths were “avoidable and preventable.” Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows more than 67 percent of U.S. adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 48 percent of the total population has been fully vaccinated.
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