Dr. Tony Fauci, who continues to struggle to be taken seriously by anyone outside of the left-leaning, corporate media establishment, generated headlines once again this week.
According to the Washington Examiner, the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he is in favor of more COVID-19 vaccine mandates at the local level, justifying the push by claiming that Americans are facing a “life-and-death situation” otherwise.
Fauci’s claims come as COVID-19 cases and deaths as a result of catching the virus have plummeted across the country in recent months.
“This is serious business”
Fauci, who has found himself under heavy criticism in recent months due to his tendency to flip-flop on various issues related to the COVID-19 virus, told Tapper that he has long stood for stronger vaccines mandates at the local level.
“I have been of this opinion, and I remain of that opinion that I do believe at the local level, Jake, there should be more mandates,” Fauci said.
Fauci added: “There really should be. We’re talking about [a] life-and-death situation. We’ve lost 600,000 Americans already, and we’re still losing more people.”
President Biden’s chief medical adviser went on to explain that he believes local governments are hesitant to issue mandates given that none of the available vaccines are FDA-approved, as of yet. He believes it would be in the best interest of the FDA to approve the vaccines as soon as the agency can.
“This is serious business, so I am in favor of that,” Fauci said. “I think the hesitancy at the local level of doing mandates is because the vaccines have not been officially, fully approved, but people need to understand that the amount of data right now that shows a high degree of effectiveness and a high degree of safety is more than we’ve ever seen with emergency use authorization.”
Fauci slams Republican skeptics
The NIAID director was especially critical of the Republicans who’ve challenged Fauci and others who believe vaccinations are absolutely essential for virtually everyone, even going as far as labeling Republican vaccine hesitancy as “horrifying” after clips were played of a speaker criticizing the government’s vaccine push at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas.
“It’s horrifying, I mean, they’re cheering about someone saying that it’s a good thing for people not to try and save their lives,” Fauci told Tapper.
Fauci added: “I mean, if you just unpack that for a second, Jake, it’s almost frightening to say, ‘Hey, guess what? We don’t want you to do something to save your life.'”
Don’t expect to see Fauci go anywhere anytime soon, though. The “Delta” variant of COVID-19 is already dominating some media circles, especially after Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky described the variant’s “rapid” spread as “troubling.”