Fauci says there would have been fewer deaths if more people got vaccinated

Dr. Anthony Fauci said during an interview on “PBS NewsHour” that many of the one million deaths related to COVID-19 in the United States could have been prevented if more people had been vaccinated.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center each list a slightly different number of deaths, both figures are only slightly below the one million mark.

“It is estimated that if people had been vaccinated to a much greater extent right now, vaccines would have prevented at least a quarter of these deaths, about 250,000,” Fauci said.

“This pandemic is not over,” he said, warning “if we…let our guard down…we can find ourselves in the same trouble we were in several months ago.”

Dr Fauci on the state of the pandemic as the US marks 1 million COVID-19 deaths


Fauci served as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for more than three decades and is also currently President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser. He has been a strong supporter of vaccination, repeatedly urging people to get vaccinated and strengthened.

He has previously spoken positively about the COVID-19 vaccine mandates. During an interview on MSNBC last year, Fauci said that while it would be best for people to get vaccinated voluntarily, if they’re not willing to, “sometimes you have to do things that are unpopular but which clearly supersede individual choices and are primarily aimed at the common good.”

While many Americans chose to get vaccinated and vaccinated, others refused to do so — many people still tested positive for COVID-19 even after being vaccinated.

“COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States are effective in preventing people from becoming seriously ill, being hospitalized, and even dying, especially people who are boosted,” the CDC says. “As with vaccines against other diseases, you are best protected when you stay up to date with the recommended number of doses and boosters.”

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