COVID-19: A Nonpartisan Virus

The virus doesn't care which political party you belong to.

The very first phase of the partisan debate on how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic was over the wearing of masks. Surprise! The mask-no mask fight has continued for an entire year. Now in 2021 it is all about who will get the vaccine and who will not.  

The news segment below is extracted from a Washington Post article that was written based on a Dr. Fauci's appearance on a Sunday, March 14th Meet the Press segment that was an interview with him. 

All of this back and forth makes me wonder that if one political party was promoting ice cream--would the other party refuse to participate, just came from "that party?" Who doesn't like ice cream? Who wants to get sick and die from a preventable disease?

Here's the WAPO segment:

"An NPR-PBS NewsHour-Marist poll released last week showed that nearly half of Republican men and 47 percent of those who supported Trump in the 2020 election said they would not choose to be vaccinated, even if the coronavirus vaccines were made available to them. By contrast, only 10 percent of supporters of President Biden said they would not choose to be vaccinated if offered one, the poll found.

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, called the poll results “so disturbing” when presented with them Sunday on NBC News’s “Meet the Press.”

“How such a large proportion of a certain group of people would not want to get vaccinated merely because of political consideration, it makes absolutely no sense,” Fauci told host Chuck Todd. “And I’ve been saying that for so long. We’ve got to dissociate political persuasion from what’s common-sense, no-brainer public health things.”

As he has for weeks, Fauci touted the effectiveness of the three coronavirus vaccines available to U.S. adults, and emphasized the history of vaccines rescuing society from infectious diseases such as smallpox, polio and measles.

“What is the problem here? This is a vaccine that is going to be lifesaving for millions of people. How some groups would not want to do it for reasons that I just don’t understand,” Fauci told Todd."

Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.