'Saturday Night Live' features its own Fauci and Birx to explain vaccine rollout
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“Saturday Night Live” spoofed the approval of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in the opening of the sketch comedy show’s most recent episode.

In the cold open, Anthony FauciAnthony FauciMAGALand in Orlando CDC director warns states against lifting COVID-19 restrictions The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Third approved vaccine distributed to Americans MORE, played by Kate McKinnon, explained to Beck Bennett’s Wolf Blitzer that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine had been first approved in the U.K.

“We’re doing this vaccine World War II-style,” the “SNL” version of the nation’s top infectious diseases expert said. “We made England go in first. Tom Hanks will make 10 movies about it and when it's all over you'll be able to kiss any nurse you want."


McKinnon’s Fauci and Heidi Gardner’s Deborah BirxDeborah BirxFauci defends Birx: 'She had to live in the White House' CNN's Brianna Keilar calls out Birx 'apology tour' Biden to name nurse as acting surgeon general: report MORE went on to explain how health-care workers would be prioritized to receive the vaccine, followed by “anybody named Mildred.”

The sketch also lampooned Fauci’s unlikely status as a semi-ironic sex symbol during the pandemic as a bra hit him in the face midsentence.

"Throughout this whole thing, I've been the only one saying facts, so some people got a crush on me,” McKinnon’s Fauci explained.

"If enough Americans get this vaccine, you'll all forget who I am," "Fauci" continued. "That's my goal: To have zero name recognition with Americans. That would mean I did my job well."

Gardner’s Birx outlined the varying state schedules for the vaccine rollout, including how "in New York, the vaccine's vessel will be very thin on the bottom whereas in Chicago, it'll be more of a deep dish."

Gen. Gustave Perna, head of the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed, said Saturday that states will begin receiving the first doses of the vaccine Monday after the Food and Drug Administration granted an emergency use authorization the previous evening.