Fauci appeared on Fox News after recovering from COVID.
- White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said during a recent interview that COVID-19 vaccines do not protect “overly well” against coronavirus infections.
- Fauci made his comments during a Tuesday appearance on Fox News’s “Your World” on Tuesday when he spoke to those “confused” by breakthrough infections.
- The National Institute of Health (NIH) director said that while the vaccines don’t actually provide inoculation, they are believed to “protect quite well against severe diseases leading to hospitalization and death.”
- “One of the things that’s clear from the data [is] that even though vaccines – because of the high degree of transmissibility of this virus – don’t protect overly well, as it were, against infection, they protect quite well against severe disease leading to hospitalization and death,” Fauci said during his recent interview.
- “And I believe that’s the reason, Neil, why at my age, being vaccinated and boosted, even though it didn’t protect me against infection, I feel confident that it made a major role in protecting me from progressing to severe disease. And that’s very likely why I had a relatively mild course.
- “So my message to people who seem confused because people who are vaccinated get infected – the answer is if you weren’t vaccinated, the likelihood [is] you would have had [a] more severe course than you did have when you were vaccinated.”
- Fauci has only recently returned to work from his own absence over a COVID-19 infection.
- The 81-year-old doctor tested positive for COVID-19 in June, despite being quadruple vaccinated.
- The White House adviser also suffered a rebound infection, despite taking Pfizer’s anti-viral drug.