Anthony Fauci assured that the current misinformation about vaccines would make it impossible to eradicate smallpox or polio.
The top White House adviser backed President Joe Biden's remarks against Russia, China, and social media for information on inoculants' side effects and effectiveness.
Eradicating diseases like smallpox would have been impossible with the amount of misinformation about vaccines currently spreading in the United States, top White House adviser for the COVID-19 pandemic, Anthony Fauci, said on Saturday.
In an interview with CNN, the immunologist said that if we had rejected the vaccine seen in some media, I do not think it would be possible to eradicate smallpox.
"If we have the misinformation that is now so widespread, we may have smallpox, and we may still have polio in this country," he added.
On Friday, President Joe Biden accused the big social media operators of "killing people" by circulating false information about vaccines, as the United States tries to revive a vaccination campaign that has slowed down.
"They are killing people. But, look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated," Biden stressed before getting on the Marine One helicopter to the presidential residence at Camp David, in Maryland, USA.
In addition, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki reiterated the accusation to China and Russia of spreading disinformation on social media about the side effects and efficacy of vaccines created in the West to promote their covid-19 serums. He said it was based on data compiled by the State Department.
Psaki denied one of the reports that have become popular in the US in recent weeks, suggesting that vaccinations can cause infertility.
He has repeatedly denied it.
On Thursday, the top US Department of Health official, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, warned of an "imminent danger of providing false information about Covid 19" at a time when cases are on the rise and vaccination rates are rising. Has increased
The White House has repeatedly called on Facebook to censor such unverified or official information.
Facebook lashed out at these criticisms, presuming that it had "saved lives" with measures that allow its users to have better access to the vaccine.
Following Biden's comments, Facebook said it would not be distracted by allegations that did not support the truth. More than 2 billion people accessed authoritative information about COVID-19 and vaccines on Facebook, which is much more than any other website, the social network added.
Thanks to global vaccination efforts after World War II, in 1980, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially announced the eradication of smallpox, which had killed nearly 300 million people in the 20th century.
The poliomelitis was officially eradicated in August 2020. Thanks to the vaccine, Africa resists in Asia, particularly in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where this disease, which causes paralysis in young children, remains endemic.
The failure of vaccination campaigns in these countries is explained by the mistrust of rural populations and the belief in conspiracy theories against Muslims.
The slowdown in the rate of vaccinations in the United States has been especially noted in the 12-15 year age bracket, which, according to CDC data, has stagnated in recent weeks.
Only 25.8% of this population group is fully vaccinated, compared to more than 47% among people between 25 and 39 years old or 74% between 50 and 64 years old.
"We're seeing a lot of young people in the hospital talking to what they've seen before when we didn't have the majority of older people vaccinated. said the White House pandemic response coordinator, Jeff Zients, referring to the 77% of inoculated among those over 75 years in the US.