Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN’s John Berman that to make a difference in the vaccine rollout, they need to get into local areas to understand what’s going wrong and how to fix it.
“It’s a complicated issue,” Fauci said when asked one thing he would like to see today to make a difference on vaccinations.
“What I think we really need to do is we got to go into the trenches — and I’ve said this so many times — and figure out what is it that’s the cause of what we’re hearing,” like why some states say they have doses sitting on shelves and others say they don’t have enough.
“You got to get into the local area and find out what’s going on here, what’s wrong, let’s try and fix it,” he said.
“Back months ago, for example when you’re sitting in the situation room and you hear, OK, things look pretty good, you know this is happening, that’s happening. You go home, you get on the phone to the people who are actually doing it and they say it’s not working well.”
Fauci said that they need to go the local areas and partner with people doing vaccinations to look at what went wrong there and how they can help them to fix things — or help them to help themselves fix it.
“I think that’s what you’re going to be starting to see, in fact it’s happening right now,” he said.
If you aren’t sure of what’s going wrong, “don’t guess, go and figure out what it is and help people fix it,” he said.