By: Konrad Holden
After Biden didn’t hit his goal of 70% of the US population vaccinated by July 4th, many bureaucrats and journalists are wondering why more people aren’t getting vaccinated. Dr. Anthony Fauci went on CNN this week and revealed that he is confused as to why so many are not getting vaccinated. He also told a reporter that he supports more vaccination mandates at the local level.
While speaking to CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday, Dr. Fauci admitted he couldn’t understand why many people are not getting vaccinated. He referred to “red states and places in the South” as having low vaccination rates “which is really unfortunate because it’s losing lives”. This comment paints Republicans as people who won’t get the vaccine because they do not care about their fellow Americans.
Fauci’s solution is to push local officials to mandate the vaccine. He said, “I have been of this opinion, and I remain of that opinion, that I do believe, at the local level, Jake, there should be more mandates.”
Fauci believes there haven’t been more mandates because some officials see the vaccines as merely authorized for emergency use and not FDA approved. He admitted this is true, but tried to make the case that the vaccines are “as good as officially approved with all the I’s dotted and the T’s crossed” despite the fact that “it hasn’t been done yet because the FDA has to do certain things”.
There is another explanation as to why many haven’t gotten the vaccine: while COVID does affect people differently, many younger healthy people are opting to skip it because their likelihood of contracting a serious case of the illness is extremely low.
“I have been of this opinion, and I remain of that opinion, that I do believe, at the local level, Jake, there should be more mandates. There really should be. We’re talking about a life-and-death situation. We have lost 600,000 Americans already, and we’re still losing more people.” - Dr. Anthony Fauci