Fauci frets ‘avoidable’ Covid-19 deaths among unvaccinated people

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“It’s really sad and tragic,” he said.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci testifies at a May 26 Senate hearing. | Sarah Silbiger/Pool via AP

By NICK NIEDZWIADEK

07/04/2021 09:23 AM EDT

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Anthony Fauci on Sunday lamented the “avoidable and preventable” deaths among people who are unvaccinated against the coronavirus now that vaccines are widely available in the United States.

The nation’s top infectious disease expert was cautious to note that while “no vaccine is perfect,” it is clear that the vast majority of people who are hospitalized with or die from Covid-19 at this point are those who have not been vaccinated.

“It’s really sad and tragic that most all of these are avoidable and preventable,” Fauci said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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