Fauci fears ‘anti-vaxxer attitude’ could cause outbreaks of non-COVID diseases

Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said in a new interview that the “anti-vaxxer attitude” of some Americans risks causing non-COVID virus outbreaks

in the U.S.   “I’m concerned the acceleration of an anti-vaxxer attitude in certain segments of the population . . . might spill over into that kind of a negative

attitude towards childhood vaccinations,” Fauci told The Financial Times in an interview published Sunday.  “If you fall back on vaccines against common

vaccine-preventable childhood diseases, that’s where you wind up getting avoidable and unnecessary outbreaks,” Fauci added.  Fauci, who announced his pending retirement

from government last month, said political division is one factor driving anti-vaccine sentiment, noting how some states have not promoted COVID-19 vaccination and Congress has

failed to advance billions of dollars in funding. The World Health Organization released a report in July showing that vaccination among children declined more during

the COVID-19 pandemic than at any time in the past 30 years. Fauci’s remark comes after New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) declared a state of emergency last week due to

the spread of polio through wastewater, spurring the state to ramp up vaccinations against the virus. The U.S.’s COVID-19 vaccination rate amongst adults is still at 67

percent, according to CDC data, but is well below other countries.  Fauci also said in an interview with Bloomberg Law earlier this month that the U.S. should prepare

for a bad flu season.