During an appearance on MSNBC on Wednesday, Joe Biden’s Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci told host Andrea Mitchell that governments “use lockdowns to get people vaccinated.”
The discussion centered on the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic domestically and internationally and eventually turned to conditions in China. The communist Chinese government is currently enforcing a hardline “COVID Zero” lockdown on residents there.
The Shanghai lockdown has seen residents now confined in their homes for more than 40 days. Residents have reportedly been told that the complete lockdown will continue until at least May 1. Many residents are restricted from leaving home even to buy food and must wait for government deliveries that are then brought to their doors by a small number who are allowed to bring food to doors while wearing full protection suits.
Residents who test positive for COVID-19 are physically forced to relocate to “temporary quarantine facilities.” Those shelters have been criticized by some observers as overcrowded and unsanitary.
Fauci told Mitchell that China’s harsh lockdown rules dating back to 2020 meant that the brutal regime was “doing better than almost anybody else.” He noted that strict lockdowns do have “consequences.”
It was then that he observed that governments use lockdowns for the purpose of getting people vaccinated. He said that would prevent a “surge of infections” when a government decides to “open up.”
Fauci did not bring up the viability of natural immunity acquired through prior infection. Studies now indicate that natural immunity to COVID-19 is more effective and longer-lasting than the vaccines now available. He did say that he believed China’s major problems are happening because the vaccines they are using are “not nearly as effective” like the ones being used in the U.S. and western nations.
Fauci also did not bring up the studies showing that the primary vaccines in use in the U.S. and Europe manufactured by Pfizer and Moderna wear off in a few months, providing little or no long-term protection.