As the debate over civil liberties in regards to things like mask and vaccine mandates rages in our nation, the Biden administration’s top medical adviser and one of the leading public health officials throughout the pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has called for Americans to “put aside” their concerns and go along with vaccination and mitigation efforts called for by himself and his colleagues.
The Blaze reports that during an appearance on “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Fauci urged Americans who have yet to get the vaccination to recognize the COVID-19 virus as a “common enemy.”
As case numbers rise nationally due to what public health officials say is the novel delta variant, Dr. Fauci said that it is vital for the “overwhelming proportion of people” to get vaccinated.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) around 70% of American adults are fully vaccinated against the virus.
He warned that “we are going to have to continue to get people vaccinated so that right now, even in states in which you have a good relative proportion of people vaccinated, you have to get the overwhelming proportion of people vaccinated, but you also have to do mitigation, and that gets to the controversial issue of mask-wearing and the mandating of things.”
Although health officials say that the COVID-19 vaccine can reduce symptoms and that the virus is less likely to spread among those who have been vaccinated, the CDC recently issued guidance that vaccinated individuals should still wear masks, a reversal of previous guidance for those who have received their shots.
And as schools return to in-person learning this fall while case numbers rise, requirements for vaccination and masks has become a hotly-contested issue between teachers, school boards, and parents.
“Mandating of vaccines, for example, for teachers and people in the personnel in the school, but also in situations — as uncomfortable as we know and controversial as we know it is with regard to masks wearing, particularly in the situation in schools — we’ve just got to realize that we’re dealing with a public health crisis,” Dr. Fauci said on Sunday.
He said that those who have yet to be vaccinated are not only spreading the virus, but are more likely to become ill and even die.
“We certainly are getting what are called breakthrough infections, which means a person who was vaccinated might get infected and actually may even spread the virus,” he said. “But in general, those people are not the ones who are getting seriously ill and dying. It’s the unvaccinated that are doing that.”
Dr. Fauci also said, “We’ve got to do mitigation, put aside all of these issues of concern about liberties and personal liberties and realize we have a common enemy and that common enemy is the virus. And we really have to all pull together to get on top of this. Otherwise, we’re going to continue to suffer as we’re seeing right now.”
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