Fauci: Sometimes ‘We Have To Put Communal Responsibility Ahead Of Individual Preferences’ And Mandate Vaccines
Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, arrives to testify before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on July 20, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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On Wednesday, chief medical advisor to the president Dr. Anthony Fauci stated that COVID-19 vaccine mandates similar to the recent one announced in New York City are needed because the country has “to put communal responsibility ahead of individual preferences.” He added, “sometimes if you don’t come to the realization that it’s good for yourself, for your family, and the communal good then mandates or requirements become necessary.”

Fauci made his remarks as part of The Washington Post’s Covid 2022 symposium sponsored by YouTube Wednesday morning.

The interviewer said to Fauci, “In New York, we’re seeing the mayor introduce a vaccine mandate for the private sector, is this the kind of litigation tool that you see in our future in your professional opinion?”

“You know, Frances, no one likes to be mandating for people to do things that they might be hesitant to do,” Fauci responded.

“But, quite frankly, you have to when you’re in the middle of what we call a historic experience of the worst pandemic of a respiratory disease in the last hundred years. We have to put the communal responsibility ahead of individual preferences,” he continued. “So although no one — myself included — likes being told what to do, but sometimes if you don’t come to the realization that it’s good for yourself, for your family, and the communal good then mandates or requirements become necessary.”

On Monday, The Daily Wire reported that outgoing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a sweeping vaccine mandate on private sector employees and new restrictions on children:

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday morning that the Big Apple will impose a new COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all private-sector employees that will be enforced starting December 27, 2021.

De Blasio is heading out the door, but just before ending his time in office, he is imposing new coronavirus restrictions on New York City residents.

According to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” the mayor is also requiring proof of vaccination for all indoor dining, fitness, and entertainment venues for children ages 5 to 11. In addition to these changes, citizens must receive two vaccine shots as opposed to one to be considered fully vaccinated.

De Blasio said that the move was necessary as a “preemptive strike” against the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus. Health experts — including Fauci — have stated that while the Omicron variant may be more transmissible, there is not any indication it is any more lethal.

Fauci’s comments come a day after a federal judge struck down the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors.

The Daily Wire reported Tuesday that court decision was the latest in a string of vaccine mandates that have been paused by various courts in response to lawsuits — including one led by The Daily Wire:

The [contractor mandate] would have taken effect on January 4th, and would have affected about 25% of the U.S. workforce, including employees of companies like Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Google, and General Motors, Bloomberg reported.

The mandate was opposed by a number of states almost immediately after it was signed, including Arizona, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, and Georgia.

The Biden administration’s mandate for private companies with more than 100 employees has also been suspended. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled an injunction against the mandate. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals is currently considering a lawsuit brought by the Daily Wire and numerous other companies challenging the mandate.

The Daily Wire is fighting Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate in federal court. Join us in this fight by signing our petition to OSHA, telling them that you will not comply with this mandate.