Dr. Anthony Fauci aggressively barked back at Fox News host Tucker Carlson for questioning the safety and effectiveness of the coronavirus vaccines and called his comments “a typical crazy conspiracy theory.”
Fauci appeared on CNN’s “New Day” on Wednesday and when he was asked about Carlson’s statements, he slammed him: “That’s just a typical crazy conspiracy theory.” He added, “Why would we not tell people if it doesn’t work? Look at the data. The data are overwhelming.” He went on to say, “I don’t have any idea what he’s talking about.”
CNN’s John Berman asked him how “dangerous” Carlson’s comments were and Fauci stated that they’re “certainly not helpful to the public health of this nation or even globally.”
Carlson asked on his show two questions. The first asked if the vaccines were safe and the second addressed if they were effective. The majority of Americans want to know the answers to those two questions so they appear to be valid.
At one point, Carlson wondered why the CDC is recommending that people who have been vaccinated should continue to wear masks and practice social distancing. He posits that if the vaccines actually are effective that masking up and staying away from other people should be unnecessary: “At some point, no one’s asking this, but everyone should be, what is this about? If vaccines work, why are vaccinated people still banned from living normal lives? Honestly, what’s the answer to that?”
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“It doesn’t make any sense at all,” he continued. “If the vaccine is effective, there is no reason for people who have received the vaccine to wear masks or avoid physical contact. So maybe it doesn’t work and they’re simply not telling you that. Well, you’d hate to think that, especially if you’ve gotten two shots, but what’s the other potential explanation? We can’t think of one.”
Carlson is not against the vaccine. He is simply wondering why none of this makes sense and he is concerned about the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines being paused due to blood clotting concerns.
“It is possible, in fact, that this vaccine is more dangerous than they’re indicating it is,” he stated
“I don’t want to get into arguments about Tucker Carlson, but to me, it’s just counter to what we’re trying to accomplish to protect the safety and the health of the American public,” Fauci remarked. He accused Carlson’s show of running “counter to trying to protect the safety and health of the American public.”
Fauci went on to say that it is “understandable” why some individuals would want to “wait and see” how others react to the vaccine before getting it themselves. He then pointed to the more than 120 million Americans who have already been inoculated. “That’s a lot of people,” he stated. “How long do you want to wait and see?”
“Almost half the country has received at least one dose. So I think we’ve had enough wait and see,” he declared. “Let’s do it.”
For context, here are Tucker Carlson’s comments via his show Tuesday night:
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Fauci’s ever-changing and vague stance on the coronavirus has many Americans confused and reluctant to get vaccinated.
Conservative politicians hold him in contempt over his political waffling. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has gone so far as to call him a “petty tyrant” in connection with mask mandates.
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