DC residents vetoed the vax when Fauci, DC Mayor Bowser went door-to-door in newly unearthed video
"When you start talking about paying people to get vaccinated, when you start talking about incentivizing things to get people vaccinated, it's something else going on with that," one resident told Fauci.
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Dr. Antony Fauci and D.C. Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser were rejected when they went door-to-door promoting the COVID-19 vaccine in a Washington, D.C., neighborhood, a new documentary shows.
Fauci, who was still director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the time, joined Bowser as they tried to convince residents of D.C.'s poorest area, Ward 8, to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in June 2021. As shown in a PBS documentary on Fauci that aired Tuesday, some residents were skeptical and even argued against getting the shot.
"Nine months is definitely not enough for nobody to be taking no vaccination that you all came up with," one unnamed resident said to Bowser and Fauci when they came to his door.
When Fauci said that the government recorded about 30,000 influenza deaths in the 2019-2020 season compared to 600,000 COVID deaths by that time, the man responded: "Again, that's you all's number."
He said: "When you start talking about paying people to get vaccinated, when you start talking about incentivizing things to get people vaccinated, it's something else going on with that."
As Bowser and Fauci walked away, he said, "Y'all campaign is about fear."
Another notable segment of the documentary showed Fauci laughing as he dismissed the idea that COVID-19 originated in a Chinese lab. The theory has since been substantiated by the FBI and the Department of Energy.