Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville suggested Tuesday that the Biden administration ought to give credit to its predecessor for rolling out the COVID-19 vaccination program if it wants to increase vaccination rates among Americans.
Tuberville, a Republican, made the suggestion to Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to Biden and the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases under President Trump, during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing.
“Politics has played a huge role in this. We have all watched it from close and afar. But I think people need a unifying message from all of us, because in my state of Alabama, we don’t have everyone taking a vaccine, and we’re having outbreaks as we speak,” Tuberville told Fauci. “You know, a lot of people voted for Donald Trump — a lot of people in the South, a lot of people in my state voted for [Trump], and we have to have a unified message. We can’t be blaming this or that.”
Fauci agreed with Tuberville that the Trump administration deserves credit for the implementation of the COVID-19 vaccine.
He said politics has no place in the fight against the coronavirus.
“I think what we need to appreciate is that we’re dealing with a common enemy. The common enemy is the virus, the virus doesn’t know that your Democrat, Republican or independent. It just knows that you’re ill, and it kills people,” Fauci said. “What I would hope the message would be, a unifying message, is ‘let’s all pull together and utilize that tool, which is vaccination, and crush that common enemy.’”
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