Fox News reported last week that the number of people dying from COVID-19 has declined sharply, dropping from 3,400 per day in mid-January to just current rates of roughly 700 per day or less.
But as the Washington Examiner reports, that great news doesn’t seem to be enough to stop America’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, from continuing to sound the alarm, especially as some high-profile Republicans speak out against the government’s aggressive push to vaccinate all adult Americans.
“We are dealing with an emergency,” Fauci said during an interview on Friday on MSNBC, according to the Examiner. “How can anyone say that 567,000 dead Americans is not an emergency?”
Why is the vaccine being pushed?
Fauci’s warning came a day after Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) raised questions about COVID-19 vaccines during an interview with conservative talk radio personality Vicki McKenna.
“The science tells us that vaccines are 95% effective, so if you have a vaccine, quite honestly, what do you care if your neighbor has one or not?” he asked.
“Why is this big push to make sure everybody gets a vaccine?” the Wisconsin Republican continued. “I’m getting highly suspicious of what’s happening here.”
“Because it’s not a fully approved vaccine, I think we probably should have limited the distribution…to the vulnerable, to people that really aren’t very young,” Johnson added. “I see no reason to be pushing vaccines on people.”
Johnson doubles down
Later, Johnson tweeted out a statement building on his remarks about whether there is a need to push vaccine use on everybody, in direct contrast to Fauci’s insistence that all Americans who are able should get vaccinated in order to reach his ideal of “somewhere between 70[%] and 85%” of Americans vaccinated before herd immunity begins to kick in.
“Everyone should have the right to gather information, consult with their doctor and decide for themselves whether to get vaccinated,” Johnson said.
“I strongly supported Operation Warp Speed, and celebrated its astonishingly rapid success. Now I believe government’s role (and therefore my role) is to help ensure transparency so that people has as much information as possible to make an informed decision for themselves,” the senator added.
However, Johnson went on to ask whether it is appropriate to tell “people at a very low risk of suffering serious illness from Covid” to get vaccinated given that the “vaccine is being administered under an Emergency Use Authorization — in other words before it has been fully tested and approved.”
Johnson concluded his statement by pledging to “vigorously oppose any efforts by the government to utilize or impose vaccine passports.”