It was all quite predictable.
Covid-19 patients who'd sneered at the Covid vaccines, or turned away from them, believing conspiracy stories about them... or who refused them in some fit of unthinking paranoia... are now begging for the vaccines. Which they are now willing to take--too late to help them.
"Appearing on CNN on Saturday--one day after Biden said social media companies like Facebook are "killing" people by allowing vaccine misinformation to spread, a critique he later clarified by saying he meant that about a dozen of Facebook's users are killing people with misinformation--Fauci said if the world had had to deal with these anti-science pundits in years past, it never would've made it out alive. Asked by Jim Acosta if he thought 'we could have defeated the measles or eradicated polio if you had Fox News, night after night, warning people about these vaccine issues that are just bunk,' Fauci responded, "'We probably would still have smallpox, and we probably would still have polio in this country if we had the kind of false information that's being spread now.'"
People too mentally lazy--I'm using a nice phrase here--to really research it, believe anti-vaxxers and misinformation mavens (the latter are making money, from spreading anti-vax lies, through website clicks and donations)...And they're not only spreading the lies, they're spreading the disease. Because some of those foolish enough to believe anti-vax liars then contract it and then spread it before they get the symptoms.
We could have been past this pandemic if people had believed physicians and scientists. Because the vaccines would have stopped the spread of the Delta variant.
We would have been mostly done with the pandemic if more people had been more reluctant to accept lies from the Trump submissives in congress and state politics. But too few bothered to examine the facts with a critical mind. So--
Welcome to another half million or more unnecessary dead, and millions more of physically maimed people, victims of Covid-19 in the USA...
UPDATE: LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A man who mocked COVID-19 vaccinations died this week at a Los Angeles-area hospital after contracting the virus.
Stephen Harmon was 34. Harmon died on Wednesday at Corona Regional Medical Center, about an hour's drive east of Los Angeles. Stephen Harmon posted photos of himself in his hospital bed, wrote that he had pneumonia and critically low oxygen levels and was going to be intubated. In a tweet Wednesday, Harmon wrote: "Don't know when I'll wake up, please pray," KCBS-TV reported. Three days before his death, Harmon tweeted: "If you don't have faith that God can heal me over your stupid ventilator then keep the Hell out of my ICU room, there's no room in here for fear or lack of faith!" Before his hospitalization, Harmon had made fun of vaccination efforts on social media. "I got 99 problems but a vax ain't one," he said in a tweet last month.
On July 8, he posted: "Biden's door to door vaccine 'surveyors' really should be called JaCovid Witnesses. #keepmovingdork." Harmon's death was "unbelievably demoralizing," Dr. Oren Friedman, who treats COVID-10 patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, told KCBS-TV. He said the number of COVID-19 admissions had increased tenfold.
"Virtually every single person that is getting sick enough to be admitted to the hospital has not been vaccinated," Friedman said.