Dr. Fauci said this Saturday that the United States would not have eradicated polio or smallpox if misinformation were a factor at that time.
Fauci speaking with CNN’s Jim Acosta about the Biden Admin.’s plan to push back against what it says is “misinformation” on covid vaccines, saying that scientists would not have convinced people to get vaccinated against polio or smallpox if they had been forced to go through misinformation.
“He says misinformation has reached such a bad place that beating a virus like polio in this nation might be long gone,” Acosta said as he brought in Dr. Fauci.
“ Misinformation and disinformation is really a problem,” Fauci said to Acosta, claiming that when he discussed the vaccine with people and the reasons they didn’t want to get the vaccines, many of them were rooted in bad information.
“These numbers that you talk about, Jim, are striking. You cannot run away from them. 99.5% of the deaths that happen from COVID-19 are unvaccinated people. That is a striking number,” Fauci said.
“And yet, many people don’t believe this, though. But, Dr. Fauci, Americans — there are people out there who do not believe it,” Acosta said, saying that some people on Fox News, especially, were “outright hostile” when it came to the covid vaccine.
“Do you believe we could have gotten rid of polio or beat the measles if — if we had Fox News warning people about the vaccine problems that are just nothing but bunk?” he said.
“Well, that is a good point, Jim,” Fauci said. “If you look at the great historic success in removing smallpox and removing polio from the whole world. And we are on the brink of eradicating polio. If we had the vaccine pushback like what we’re seeing now, I don’t believe it would have been possible to eradicate smallpox. We would probably still have smallpox today. And probably still have it in this country if this sort of false information was being spread back then. If we had this decades ago, I am certain that we would still have polio in the United States.”
Author: Scott Dowdy