Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, criticized Fox News' personality Tucker Carlson for saying that Covid-19 vaccines are not working amid concerns that Johnson & Johnson's vaccine may cause blood clots in select cases .
"That's just a typical crazy conspiracy theory. Why shouldn't we tell people if (the vaccine) is not working? Look at the data. The data is overwhelming," Fauci said in an interview with CNN.
“In the three vaccines approved for use in an emergency license – the J&J, the Pfizer and the Moderna – they had 30,000 (Moderna), 44,000 (Pfizer) and 40,000 (J&J) people in the clinical trial with an overwhelming signal of effectiveness, ”he added. "So I have no idea what he's talking about … it is certainly not helpful to the public health of this nation or even worldwide."
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Dr. Anthony Fauci replies to Fox News' Tucker Carlson who mistakenly suggested to his 3.4 million viewers that COVID vaccines weren't working:
"That's just your typical crazy conspiracy theory … Look at the data, the data is overwhelming." Pic.twitter.com/wAANZeSBum
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Carlson had previously claimed without evidence that wearing masks and following social distancing guidelines didn't really protect people from the virus.
"If the vaccine is effective, there is no reason for people who received the vaccine to wear masks or avoid physical contact," Carlson said in his program. "Maybe it doesn't work and they just don't tell you that."
Carlson's comments are wrong; The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made it clear how both precautionary measures can significantly contain the spread of the coronavirus.
“Social distancing should be practiced in combination with others everyday preventive measures reduce the spread of COVID-19, including Wear masksAvoid touching your face with unwashed hands and wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, ”the CDC website states.
Carlson's remarks came when the U.S. called for Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine to be stopped as federal agencies investigate a rare bleeding disorder affecting six people. To date, more than seven million people across the country have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Alan is a New York-based writer, editor, and news junkie.