When COVID-19 hit American shores, the country was lucky to have Dr. Anthony Fauci. The renowned immunologist brought decades of experience to the fight. Donald Trump, however, didn’t want COVID to hurt him politically and often ignored the doctor’s advice.
Thanks to Trump’s behavior and the advent of social media, many Republicans are choosing not to get vaccinated against the illness. In a recent interview with CNN, Fauci said that if misinformation like this existed in the past, the country would not have been able to eradicate smallpox or polio.
The doctor told Jim Acosta:
”If you look at the extraordinary, historic success in eradicating smallpox and eliminating polio from most of the world — and we’re on the brink of eradicating polio — if we had the pushback for vaccines the way we’re seeing on certain media, I don’t think it would have been possible at all to not only eradicate smallpox, we probably would still have smallpox and we probably would still have polio in this country if we had the kind of false information that’s being spread now.“
Watch a clip of the segment below, courtesy of CNN:
Dr. Anthony Fauci to @Acosta: "We probably would still have smallpox and we probably would still have polio in this country if we had the kind of false information that's being spread now." pic.twitter.com/MVUxEPX5yf
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 17, 2021
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com and Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology and spending time at the shore with his family.