During an interview on NBC’s Meet The Press, Dr. Anthony Fauci said about 99.2% of recent COVID-19 deaths in the United States involved unvaccinated people.
“It’s really sad and tragic that most all of these are avoidable and preventable,” he added.
Fauci shared that it is frustrating when “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.”
The United States has registered over 605,000 deaths in the pandemic, the highest national toll in the world.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 157 million Americans have been fully vaccinated, representing 47.4% of the country’s total population. But vaccination rates remain low in many parts of the South and Midwest.
On this week's #MTP Compressed:
– Vaccine hesitancy threatens progress
– COVAX works to vaccinate world
– Americans face a “summer of reset” pic.twitter.com/TVOZ5IGYj3
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) July 5, 2021