On Sunday, the United States’ top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, said that immigrants aren’t driving the COVID-19 transmission in America, in spite of some American citizens believing otherwise. Dr. Fauci criticized a belief prevalent among GOPs and the uninoculated those immigrants are responsible for the United States’ COVID spread, according to the latest Kaiser Family Foundation polling, expressing that the problem is within their country and isn’t amid immigrants or visitors bringing the lethal virus from other nations.
Dana Ruth Bash, a chief political correspondent for CNN, asked Dr. Fauci about the new KFF poll that reported 55 percent of GOPs and 40 percent of uninoculated American adults believed immigrants and visitors spreading the coronavirus disease were a major reason for high COVID cases rates.
Bash asked the chief medical advisor to U.S. President Joe Biden, Anthony Fauci, whether immigrants specifically are the primary reason for COVID transmission in the country, to which Biden responded, “Absolutely Not.” He said if they just look at the data and people who have gotten infected by the novel coronavirus, look at the hospitalized people, and perceive who have died. Fortunately, immigrants do not drive that.
Over 0.7M U.S. citizens have lost their lives amid deadly COVID-19, and over 43M infections have been reported. Dr. Fauci said that COVID spread is an issue in America the same way it’s a problem in nations worldwide.
Dr. Fauci on polling showing Republicans are blaming immigrants for Covid: “This is not driven by immigrants … the problem is within our own country … let’s face reality here.” pic.twitter.com/kEjKdk8pHi
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 3, 2021
77 Percent Vaccinated Americans Blame High Cases Rates on People Refusing Vaccines
GOPs ranked immigrants as the significant factor affecting the spread of COVID-19, and it was the second major factor among the uninoculated, behind the belief the coronavirus vaccines aren’t as protective at the transmission of COVID as scientists initially thought, 58 percent said that was the case.
Furthermore, Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was also asked about the controversial public health law, Title 42, being used to expel migrants as a COVID health measure, and stated while he did not realize enough regarding the complexity of the policy to remark, his feeling has always been that focusing on immigrants, expelling them, isn’t the solution to an epidemic.
The Kaiser Family Foundation Polling Results
According to the latest KFF polling conducted among 1519 US adults, about eight in 10 vaccinated American adults blame the high number of COVID infections on people refusing vaccinations. But only twelve percent of uninoculated respondents blamed themselves for the COVID-19 surge. However, 58 percent believe the COVID surge is driven by jabs being less protective at preventing the transmission of fatal disease than scientists initially alleged.
Additionally, Mr. Fauci criticized on Sunday the recommendation that pledging new antiviral tablets to treat COVID justifies individuals not receiving vaccines, saying in an interview it is such a fault description to express there is no need to get inoculated if an oral medication could cure a severe illness. Fauci added that the easiest way to prevent hospitalization and not to die is do not get infected.
The KFF polling also showed that inoculated Americans also determined people not taking enough safety measures like using face masks and physical distancing, 73 percent; the contagious Delta variant, 67 percent, and state and local administrations lifting COVID-related restrictions too early, 59 percent, as the major reason for the surge in infections.