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DR Anthony Fauci has been outspoken about his support of the Covid-19 vaccines in order to stop the spread of the virus.
Dr Anthony Fauci received the Moderna jab in December 2020Credit: Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
Has Dr Fauci taken the Covid vaccine?
In December 2020, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert received the Moderna jab on live television.
When asked at the time why he was getting the injection, Fauci said he did so “as a symbol to the rest of the country that I feel extreme confidence of the safety and efficacy of this vaccine.”
At the time, Facui spoke to Good Morning America and said he expects to start vaccinating the general population “somewhere in the end of March, the beginning of April.”
However, Fauci said the process could take up to four months to reach all Americans who want to receive the vaccine.
Dr Fauci said he received the jab as ‘a symbol to the rest of the country’ that the vaccines are safeCredit: Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
Who can receive the Covid vaccine as of February 2021 in the US?
As of February 2021, the United States is in phase 1C of their vaccine distribution plan.
- Includes all healthcare personnel and long-term care facility residents
- Includes frontline essential workers such as fire fighters, police officers, corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, US Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers and educational.
- Also included in Phase 1b are people aged 75 years and older.
- Due to senior’s high risk of hospitalization, illness and death from Covid-19, people aged 75 years and over are allowed to be vaccinated.
The United States is currently in Phase 1c of the Covid vaccine distributionCredit: Handout – Getty
- People aged 65-74-years-old due to their high risk of hospitalization, illness and death from coronavirus.
- People aged 16-64 years with underlying medical conditions, which increase the risk of serious, life-threatening complications from Covid-19.
- Other essential workers such as people who work in transportation and logistics, food service, housing construction and finance, information technology, communications, energy law, media, public safety and public health.
What did Dr Fauci say about Trump’s Covid diagnosis?
On February 19, Dr Fauci said former President Donald Trump was “lucky” to survive the coronavirus given his age and weight.
Fauci described Trump’s White House as a Covid-19 “superspreader”.
Questions of the former president’s health and weight had remained prominent through his presidency, with some questioning the validity of his doctor’s wellness checks even before he got Covid-19.
When Trump announced by Twitter on October 2 that both he and then-First Lady Melania Trump had contracted the virus, more questions began swirling around his health and his weight.
Dr Fauci said former President Donald Trump was ‘lucky’ to survive the coronavirusCredit: AFP or licensors
A physical claimed he weighed 244 pounds and stands at 6’3, causing many of his critics to call him obese.
In February 2021, the New York Times reported that Trump was actually more sicker with Covid-19 in October than publicly acknowledged at the time.
The outlet reported that Trump was ill with “extremely depressed blood oxygen levels at one point and a lung problem associated with pneumonia caused by coronavirus.”
People familiar with Trump’s evaluation told the Times that the former president’s blood oxygen level alone was cause for “extreme concern, dipping into the 80s”.
Trump was hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center at the time, as doctors feared his age, 74, and his weight put him at risk for severe disease.