Fauci: If False Information Spread in the Past Like it Does Now, We’d Still Have Polio and Smallpox

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.

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 31: Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies before a House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing on July 31, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump administration officials are set to defend the federal government’s response to the coronavirus crisis at the hearing hosted by a House panel calling for a national plan to contain the virus. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)

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:

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