According to the Daily Caller, Dr. Tony Fauci has generated controversy once again, this time for criticizing Americans who are reluctant to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or just outright choose to not receive it, telling them to “get over it” and take the shot.
“This is not complicated,” Fauci told MSNBC host Chris Hayes during an interview Wednesday. “We’re not asking anybody to make any political statements one way or another.”
“So many diseases that I deal with … don’t have solutions. It’s very frustrating — you don’t have a treatment, or you don’t have a vaccine,” Fauci added. “Here, we have a vaccine that’s highly, highly effective.”
“What is the problem? Get over it,” Fauci insisted. “Get over this political statement. Just get over it and try and save the lives of yourself and your family.”
It’s not the first time
The Daily Caller noted that it wasn’t the first time that Fauci has complained that some segments of the population are reluctant to receive vaccinations, declaring on June 30 that “two Americas” could emerge as a result.
“When you have such a low level of vaccination superimposed upon a variant that has a high degree of efficiency of spread, what you are going to see among under-vaccinated regions … you’re going to see the individual types of blips,” he said.
Fauci added: “It’s almost like it’s going to be two Americas.”
Farrakhan called vaccine “death itself”
Although Fauci did not explicitly name which demographic he was blaming, the unvaccinated have often been portrayed by many in the media as being overwhelmingly white conservatives located in southern and midwestern states.
However, less attention has been paid to figures such as Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who has frequently urged his followers to avoid the COVID-19 vaccine.
Fox News reported in March that Twitter removed a tweet in which Farrakhan called the COVID-19 vaccine, “death itself,” and compared it to the poisoned Kool-Aid that was consumed by followers of infamous cult leader Jim Jones.
“By rushing so fast to get something out, bypassing normal steps in a true vaccine, now God is going to turn your vaccine into death in a hurry,” Farrakhan declared at the time.
Farrakhan included a video that featured other figures associated with the Nation of Islam, some of whom blamed the vaccine for autism and claimed it was part of a population control scheme.