Fauci on Tucker Carlson vaccine comments: ‘Typical crazy conspiracy theory’ | TheHill

Fauci took issue with a specific remark from Carlson, who questioned why guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that vaccinated people continue to wear masks and conform to social distancing guidelines if the vaccines work.

“If the vaccine is effective, there is no reason for people who have received the vaccine to wear masks or avoid physical contact,” Carlson said. “So maybe it [the vaccine] doesn’t work and they’re simply not telling you that,” he added.

Carlson has previously said he is “pro-vaccine” and began his Tuesday night show by saying he was “not against” the vaccine “on principle,” adding, “Like every American, we are grateful.”

His later remarks came in the context of Tuesday’s news that the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was being paused across the country because of concerns about blood clots that could be caused by it on rare occasions.

“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 said of Carlson’s remarks.

Fauci said that while it is “understandable” that some people may want to “wait and see” how other people respond to the vaccine before getting the inoculation themselves, the health expert pointed out that more than 120 million people in the U.S. have already received at least one dose.

“That’s a lot of people,” he said. “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 continued. “Let’s do it.”

Source: Fauci on Tucker Carlson vaccine comments: ‘Typical crazy conspiracy theory’ | TheHill