Dr. Anthony Fauci has expressed his concerns about an independent society trying to fight the coronavirus.
Speaking at a forum to discuss the covid vaccine and the prospects of a second wave, the White House coronavirus advisor argued that Americans should just listen to the public health officials and do as they are told.
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“Each of our countries have that independent spirit, where we don’t want to be told what to do,” Fauci said. “Well, I understand that, but now is the time to do what you’re told.”
“We’re not done, we still need to implement public health measures in a very intense way,” he said.
Fauci said he loved the federalist nature of the United States, but indicated it was problematic states had different approaches to fighting the virus.
“We had too much individual approaches towards how we were going to handle the outbreak, so our baseline never came down to the low level where we wanted it to be,” he said.
Fauci said there would continue to be a “core of people” who would never take a vaccine, but that it was important to combat misinformation to the larger public about the importance of vaccines.
He said it would be “problematic” if up to 50 percent of Americans refused to take the coronavirus vaccine which would allow the virus to spread. Fauci continued:
“I think there has been an anti-authority component to this, we had ‘anti-vax’ people don’t like to be told to be vaccinated. Scientists are often perceived as authoritarian and sometimes in fact they’ve made that perception themselves by the way they act. I think we can improve on that.”
Fauci said the United States did not do well in handling the first wave of the virus but said he did not think that more lockdowns were necessary.
“I do not believe at this point that we do need to lock down,” Fauci said, but addedt they had to remain “on the table” as a possibility for the future.
He strongly condemned a “herd immunity” strategy to deal with the virus, pointing out that of the roughly ten percent of the people in the United States who got the virus, there were 245,000 deaths and ten million infections.
Herd immunity, he said, would require a 70 percent infection rate, thus multiplying the deaths by seven-fold to an estimated 1,715,000 deaths.
“It’s not feasible and it’s not acceptable,” he said.