White House adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci has been one of the most prominent voices when it comes to messaging on COVID-19 vaccines. For years, Fauci has pushed and promoted COVID-19 vaccines, saying everyone should get them for their own personal health and the collective health of the community.
Last year, Fauci also stood as a strong supporter of vaccine mandates. At one point, Fauci even made it clear that he wasn’t opposed to a prospective mandate that would require COVID-19 vaccination as a condition for Americans to take domestic flights.
However, despite the prominence of Fauci’s voice on COVID-19, there have been some inconsistencies in his claims. The latest contradiction now has Americans shaking their heads.
Playing Both Sides of the Fence?
During a Tuesday appearance on Fox News, Fauci made two comments about COVID-19 vaccines that cannot both be true.
In one breath, the White House adviser stated that COVID-19 infection is not very well prevented by taking vaccines against the virus. Fauci said this after his own recent bout with the virus, despite having multiple vaccines and booster shots.
In which Dr. Anthony Fauci admits vaccines "don't protect overly well against infection" and "didn't protect [him] against infection" yet also calls for a higher rate of vaccination because without it "we're giving the virus an opportunity to continue to spread in our community." pic.twitter.com/xRtVgOxupd
— Scott Morefield (@SKMorefield) July 12, 2022
Yet, during the same segment on Fox News, Fauci also called for an increased COVID-19 vaccination rate, saying that without it, the virus will have more room to spread.
When questioned about Americans who are ready to move beyond COVID-19 in its entirety, Fauci then stated the virus is “not over.” The White House adviser also told Fox News that people should be sure to get their booster shots, on top of regular COVID-19 vaccines.
Strong Reactions From the American Public
Fauci’s latest comments on Fox News were not well-received by Americans at all. Many people asked why anyone should bother taking COVID-19 vaccines if they don’t give adequate protection against the virus.
Others pointed out that if what Fauci said was true, then he just inadvertently admitted vaccine mandates and vaccine passport programs are without merit.
White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci conceded that COVID-19 vaccines do not protect very well against infection.
Therefore Vaccine Passports, Mandates and anything that limits you socially on your vaccine status, is unscientific, abhorrent and discriminatory.
— Adam Brooks 🇬🇧 (@EssexPR) July 13, 2022
Fauci has long faced criticism for various contradictions in his official guidance on not just COVID-19 vaccines, but also greater mitigation strategies for the virus.
At one point, the White House adviser said Americans should not wear face masks. Yet, later, he went on to endorse mask-wearing, mask mandates, and even “double masking.”