Tucker Carlson went on an anti-vaccine rant on his Fox News show this week that was so dumb it prompted Dr. Anthony Fauci to call out his conspiratorial nonsense. Tucker said on his program that he suspects the CDC recommends mask-wearing for fully vaccinated people because the shots don’t work well and the government just doesn’t want to admit it. Tucker said, “maybe it doesn’t work and they’re simply not telling you that.” This is not the first time Carlson has acted as though the efficacy of the vaccines is unknown. We know the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to be around 95% effective and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to be 66% effective. All three are extremely effective in preventing transmission, serious cases, and deaths. But Tucker won’t mention these facts on his show, he just pretends as though nobody knows about the efficacy of the vaccines.
Dr. Anthony Fauci went on CNN and was asked to respond to the clip of Tucker spewing vaccine-skeptical nonsense. Fauci wrote it off as a “typical, nonsensical conspiracy theory” and encouraged people to “look at the data.” The nation’s top infectious disease expert wrapped up his thoughts by saying “I don’t have any idea what he’s talking about.” Tucker’s goal wasn’t to provide legitimate concerns about the efficacy of the vaccines. Instead, it was to encourage skepticism from his audience over the shots and the government agencies that test and approve them. While Tucker is effective at getting through to his audience, at least Fauci was able to smack his claims down as the baseless conspiratorial nonsense that they were.
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