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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s leading expert on infectious diseases, once again generated controversy after claiming that Americans should give up their individual rights “for the greater good of society” in the fight against COVID. Fauci’s statements, disseminated through social networks, came as the expert was referring to the requirement of mandatory vaccinations for all citizens.
“There comes a time when you do have to give up what you consider your individual right of making your own decision for the greater good of society,” Fauci said.
Already in an interview with CNBC, Fauci had insisted that he strongly believes all citizens have to be vaccinated despite commenting that the vaccine against COVID does not prevent catching the virus and is not 100% effective.
“We have 70 million people in this country who are eligible to be vaccinated who have not been vaccinated. The more people that we get vaccinated, the less likelihood there will be the opportunity of the emergence of another variant,” Fauci said.
Defending individual rights
Dr. Fauci’s comments come at a time when the debate is raging over potential federal vaccine mandates. President Joe Biden announced weeks ago that all companies should vaccinate their employees or, failing that, require them to test negative for coronavirus on a weekly basis.
The mandate received strong responses from several GOP-led states, which believe that it should be Americans—not the government—deciding whether to receive the COVID vaccine or not. At least 24 Attorneys’ General decided to protect those workers who refuse to be forced to get vaccinated, assuring that they will “fight” the Biden administration’s Draconian measures.
“The federal government cannot impose sweeping vaccine mandates, and this oppressive power grab is unprecedented and unlawful,” Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, a Republican, said in a statement.
For his part, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, also a Republican, assured that he will leave it up to Floridians to decide if they want to be vaccinated. He maintained that people’s jobs should not be threatened by not getting immunized.
“They should not lose their job. They should not be unable to put food on the table just because they made a different decision than the powers that be are demanding that they make,” DeSantis said during a press conference.