(TheConservativeNews.org) – Dr. Anthony Fauci is going viral on social media after footage showed him walking around DC with Mayor Muriel Bowser, trying to increase vaccine rates among black neighborhoods. They were met with skepticism.
“I’m not going to be lining up, taking a shot or vaccination for something that wasn’t clear in the first place,” a man said as Fauci stood at the bottom of a set of stairs.
He also raised the concern of how quickly the vaccine was created.
Fauci replied, “Well, it used to take years. But, you know how many years were invested in this approach? About 20 years of science to get us to be able to do it.”
The man continued to push back on the timeline.
After the man brought up the flu, Fauci responded, “It’s much more serious than the flu.”
He added, “You know how many people died of the flu last year?… about 20 to 30,000. You know how many people have died from COVID-19 in the United States? Six hundred thousand Americans.”
When asked if he is passing on the vaccine, the man said, “Yeah, definitely.”
He added, “Your campaign is about fear. It’s about inciting fear in people.”
The video concludes with what appears to be Fauci applying hand sanitizer.
The exchange was documented by PBS for an upcoming program on Fauci as part of its “American Masters” series, which aims to help viewers “discover insightful profiles of important figures in America’s artistic and cultural life.”
In a clip from the program titled “Dr. Fauci visits D.C. to battle vaccine hesitancy,” Fauci and Bowser are shown in June 2021 walking the streets of Ward 8 of Anacostia in southeast D.C. – a historical African-American neighborhood that Fauci called “disenfranchised” with low vaccination levels. At the time of the video, Fauci was the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Fauci blames red states for not pushing vaccination, saying they will keep COVID around as new outbreaks occur. Even though he was in deep-blue DC, and people were still skeptical of getting vaccinated.