99% of US Covid deaths are unvaccinated people: Fauci

A man receives Covid-19 vaccine in New York. — Reuters
A man receives Covid-19 vaccine in New York. — Reuters

Washington - Dr Anthony Fauci says it's really sad that most of these deaths are avoidable and preventable


Published: Sun 4 Jul 2021, 6:57 PM

America’s top infectious disease expert has said about 99.2 per cent of recent Covid-19 deaths in the United States involved unvaccinated people.

Dr Anthony Fauci said “it’s really sad and tragic that most of these are avoidable and preventable”.

He told NBC’s “Meet the Press” it’s frustrating “where you have a formidable enemy” in the coronavirus and “yet we do have a countermeasure that’s highly, highly effective. And that’s the reason why it’s all the more sad and all the more tragic why it isn’t being completely implemented in this country.”

Fauci cited the reasons for opposition to the vaccine by some Americans, whether it’s “ideological” or whether some “are just fundamentally anti-vax or anti-science".

He said the country does “have the tools to counter” the pandemic and asked people to “put aside all of those differences and realise that the common enemy is the virus”.

Fauci noted the United States is “very fortunate” that it had “enough vaccines to vaccinate essentially everybody in the country. And there are people throughout the world who would do anything to get vaccines”.

The United States has registered over 605,000 deaths in the pandemic, the highest national toll in the world.

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