The nation's top infectious disease expert says Americans who don't get a COVID-19 vaccine are making a 'political statement.'
Fauci, the director for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said it was frustrating to see people not get a shot when it is available to them.
'Here we have a vaccine that's highly, highly effective in preventing disease and certainly in preventing severe disease and hospitalization. It's easy to get. It's free and it's readily available,' he said.
'So, you know, you've got to ask, what is the problem? Get over it. Get over this political statement. Just get over it and try and save the lives of yourself and your family.'
It comes on the heels of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealing that the highly transmissible Indian 'Delta' variant is now the dominant strain of the virus in the U.S.
Dr Anthony Fauci told MSNBC on Wednesday (pictured) that not getting a vaccine is a 'political statement' and told unvaccinated Americans to 'get over themselves'
It comes on the heels of news that the Delta variant is now the