According to Dr Fauci, the Presidents chief medical advisor, Americans who don’t get a covid-19 vaccine are making a ‘political statement.’
In an appearance on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes on Wednesday night, Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease ‘expert’ was asked what can be done to increase adult vaccination rates.
MSN reports: Fauci, the director for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said it was frustrating to see people not get a shot when it is available to them.
‘Here we have a vaccine that’s highly, highly effective in preventing disease and certainly in preventing severe disease and hospitalization. It’s easy to get. It’s free and it’s readily available,’ he said.
‘So, you know, you’ve got to ask, what is the problem? Get over it. Get over this political statement. Just get over it and try and save the lives of yourself and your family.’
It comes on the heels of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealing that the highly transmissible Indian ‘Delta’ variant is now the dominant strain of the virus in the U.S.
According to data updated on Tuesday evening, the variant, also known as B.1.617.2, makes up 51.7 percent of all new infections.
That’s up from the 26.1 percent of cases previously linked to the the variant, meaning its prevalence has nearly doubled in two weeks.
The Delta variant has been detected in all 50 states and accounts for more than 80 percent of new infections in Midwestern states such as Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.
About half of all states have been seeing COVID-19 cases increase as the variant spreads, a DailyMail.com analysis of Johns Hopkins data earlier this week found.
‘We should think about the Delta variant,’ Andy Slavitt, former White House senior advisor for COVID-19 response, told CNN on Wednesday.
‘It’s twice as infectious. Fortunately, unlike 2020, we actually have a tool that stops the Delta variant in its tracks: It’s called vaccine.’
Studies have shown that all three vaccines available in the U.S. – Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson – are effective against the variant.
Fauci added that getting vaccinated doesn’t just protect the people that get the shot but those around them as well.
‘Where there are high levels of vaccination, there’s low levels of infection, low hospitalization, and almost no deaths,’ he told MSNBC.
‘Where you have no vaccination, you have higher levels of infection, higher risk, and hospitalization. It’s not complicated, Chris…This is not complicated.
‘We’re not asking anybody to make any political statement one way or another. We’re saying: “Try and save your life, and that of your family, and that of the community.”‘
Fauci’s comments come as Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra said the government has the right to know people’s vaccination status.
‘The federal government has spent trillions of dollars to try and keep Americans alive during this pandemic,’ Becerra told CNN’s’New Day on Thursday/
‘So it is absolutely the government’s business, it is taxpayers’ business, if we have to continue to spend money to try and keep people from contracting COVID.’