Dr. Anthony Fauci has tried to advise and guide Americans through the pandemic and the best options we have for keeping people alive and healthy. However, from the first, COVID-19 and pandemic response were fraught with partisan politics, and getting out of that rut seems to be more than this nation is ready for.
In this clip, Dr. Fauci tries to explain that no matter how you split the population — Trumpers vs never-Trumpers, red vs blue, vaccinated vs anti-vax — the truth is, there’s one common enemy, and it’s the virus.
“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 virus,” Dr. Fauci says. “And we really have to all pull together to get on top of this, otherwise we're going to continue to suffer.” pic.twitter.com/TCCoC7rvhH
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“We’re dealing with a public health crisis, and the more you get infections, the more spread you get, the greater opportunity the virus has to continue to evolve and mutate. Right now we are fortunate that the vaccines that we have are quite good against the Delta variant…we certainly are getting what are called breakthrough infections, which means a person who is vaccinated might get infected and actually may even spread the virus but generally those people are not the ones who are getting seriously ill and dying. It’s the unvaccinated that are doing that. So we have a lot of tasks.
We’ve got to do mitigation, put aside all these issues of concern about ‘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 gonna continue to suffer as we’re seeing right now.”
Fauci has recently begun suggesting that schools may find that have to mandate vaccines for staff and teachers in order to protect students who are too young to be vaccinated.
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