This story is part of Watching Washington, a report regularly sent by CBC News reporters on American politics and developments affecting Canadians.
News from Canada Surging past Considering how remote this situation seemed a few months ago, the situation of the United States vaccinating COVID-19 has caused a lot of headlines in the U.S. and international news media.
This has also triggered some accusations within the United States
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, expressed growing disappointment with developments in the United States.
In an interview with CNN, he was asked what happened and why Canada surpassed the United States in first and second dose vaccination rates, even though the United States has been leading the way for several months.
Fauci blames American politics
“Canada is doing better, not because we try less than them. It’s because in Canada, people don’t have the disagreement that people don’t want to be vaccinated based on ideological and political persuasiveness, in many ways,” he answered.
“I mean, political differences are completely understandable and are a natural part of any national process. But when it comes to public health issues, you are in the midst of a deadly epidemic. The common enemy is the virus. It just doesn’t make any sense…
“This is a public health issue. This is not a political issue. This is not an ideology. This is a public health issue.”
What is the context
Approximately 70% of the Canadian population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, and more than 50% of the population is fully vaccinated, slightly Provincial differencesThe vaccination rate among the states in the United States is extremely uneven. Some states have high vaccination rates, while others have very low vaccination rates.
Therefore, according to our data world, the proportion of Americans who have received at least one dose of the vaccine is 15% lower than that of Canada, while the proportion of fully vaccinated in the United States is now about two% lower. website Run out of Oxford University.
Americans are increasingly worried that resistance to vaccination is driving a surge in cases in parts of the country.
Fauci said that 99.5% of all deaths due to COVID-19 in the United States now are unvaccinated people, and only 0.5% are fully vaccinated.
But for more than a year, discussions about COVID have been flooded with partisan politics, and Fauci has his own experience.
In Florida, the Republican governor of the state who has been touted as the 2024 presidential candidate has been peddling “Don’t Fauci My Florida“T-shirt because he refused to request a vaccine passport and vaccination requirements. His state is now a COVID hot spot again.
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At the same time, right-wing news media often invite guests who question the effectiveness of vaccines or criticize various public vaccination efforts for rudeness.
In another interview, Fauci said Poliomyelitis still exists If the country handles past vaccines in this way.
Some people in Fox News Plead for the audience this week vaccination.
right now Canada is really relaxing These restrictions will be further relaxed on August 9. It is not clear when the United States may take the same measures against land travelers. The United States has never stopped cross-border air travel.
U.S. lawmakers are now frustrated with their government
Canada announced that it will allow asymptomatic vaccinated Americans to cross the northern border from August 9. This is a major victory for separated families who have been waiting for a chance to reunite for a long time.
When asked on Monday whether the White House will follow Canada’s move when the latest monthly travel rules expire in the middle of the week, the White House did not make a statement.
White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said: “Any decision to reopen travel will be guided by our public health and medical experts.”
“We take this matter very seriously. But we…under the guidance of our own medical experts. I don’t look at it with reciprocal intent.”