The nation's top infectious disease doctor says he is frustrated.
"As a physician, a scientist and a public health individual, Anderson, I am frustrated," Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday, shortly after President Biden announced a sweeping new plan to get more people vaccinated and stop the spread of Covid-19. "The reason is we do have the tools to end this," Fauci added.
Fauci said he has been in public health situations where they did not have the means to stop something that is "devastating people," saying that is also "very frustrating" in its own right, but the vaccine changes this scenario.
"It's frustrating in a different way when you have the tools and you have the wherewithal to get to the end game of where you want to be, but you don't implement them," he said.
"I don't want to see people get sick, I don't want to see them get hospitalized and I certainly don't want to see them die, but that's what's happening when you don't vaccinate to the full extent possible," Fauci added.
Responding to criticism that the Biden administration is overreaching by mandating vaccinations for government employees and some contractors, Fauci said the President has the power to take those steps.
"He has the authority when it comes to the federal government's authority," he said. "For example, he can tell – through the Department of Labor – that any company that has 100 or more individuals should make a rule that either their vaccinated or they get tested. He can say that they can get paid leave to get vaccinated. He can certainly with an executive order say that members of the executive branch of the federal government need to be vaccinated. Those are all things he can do as President."
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