White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said during an interview this week with the NYT that convincing skeptics to take a COVID vaccine is a matter of paramount importance to safeguard the public health.
Many of these people "actually don't think that this is a problem," Dr. Fauci said during a conversation with the Hastings Center. He also pointed out that many people simply don't accept the fact that a vaccine was developed so quickly, especially since experts during the early days of the outbreak warned that a vaccine could take years.
After slamming all the "fake news" surrounding the virus and the vaccine, Dr. Fauci complained that he was "stunned" by peoples' reluctance to believe in the virus.
After the NIH estimated that 75% of the US population would need to receive the vaccine to establish herd immunity, Dr. Fauci insisted that he would like to see "the overwhelming majority" of people to receive the vaccines so we could "essentially really crush this outbreak."
"Despite a quarter million deaths, despite more than 11 million infections, despite 150,000 new infections a day, they don’t believe it’s real. That is a real problem," Fauci said.
Speaking earlier this week at the NYT's Dealbook virtual conference, Dr. Fauci said that "if we have an effective vaccine and 50% of the population refuses to take it, you still have a considerable public-health challenge."
Many Americans have pointed to the speed at which the vaccine was developed for making them uncomfortable with taking it. But Dr. Fauci tried to explain that the speed is largely a factor of scientific advances that helped unlock the mRNA approach being used by Pfizer and Moderna.
Additionally, once the data is ready for review - Pfizer is submitting its vaccine for an EUA on Friday, the company said - Dr. Fauci explained that the data are reviewed by both internal and external committees and researchers.
"By the time you get the FDA deeming that this is a safe and efficacious vaccine, you’ve had a independent and transparent process decide,” Fauci said. "We’ve got to keep hammering that home because for the group of people who are concerned about the process, the process is sound."
At this point, only the naive should believe that Dr. Fauci is sincere in his hopes to convince skeptics to take the vaccine. In the end, only one thing is going to force people to take the vaccines, and that's the "soft" pressure of exclusion - or a more heavy handed approach, like mandatory vaccination orders.
Could this be how the scene is set for the silencing of bastions of "free speech" like Parler, where all of this vaccine "misinformation" has migrated from 'mainstream' platforms like Twitter and Facebook?