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Fauci says J&J vaccine pause won't negatively impact hesitancy

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciDelta variant's UK dominance sparks concerns in US Overnight Health Care: FDA says millions of J&J doses from troubled plant must be thrown out | WHO warns Africa falling far behind in vaccinations | Top CDC official says US not ready for next pandemic Top CDC official warns US not ready for next pandemic MORE said on Sunday that the pause in administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine won't have a negative impact on vaccine hesitancy. 

Fauci said on ABC’s “This Week” that the pause showed federal agencies were being thorough when it comes to safety of the vaccines.

"I think, in the long run, what we're going to see, and we'll probably see it soon, is that people will realize that we take safety very seriously," Fauci told host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosFacebook VP says 2-year suspension of Trump from platform 'justified' Commerce secretary on cyberattacks against corporations: 'This is the reality' Collins 'optimistic' Jan. 6 commission can pass Senate with modifications MORE. "We're out there trying to combat the degree of vaccine hesitancy that still is out there. And one of the real reasons why people have hesitancy is concern about the safety of the vaccine."

Fauci was asked to respond to a notion by Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonHillicon Valley: House targets tech giants with antitrust bills | Oversight chair presses JBS over payment to hackers | Trump spokesman to join tech company | YouTube suspends GOP senator YouTube suspends Ron Johnson for 7 days GOP senators introduce bill to make Iran deal subject to Senate approval MORE (R-Wis.) that if vaccines are highly effective, not everyone has to get one.

"We have a highly efficacious and effective vaccine that's really very, very safe," Fauci told Stephanopoulos. "That is the reason why you want everyone to get vaccinated, so I don't understand the argument if I get vaccinated, George, and I'm protected that you, George, don't have to get vaccinated. It doesn't make any sense." 

"The more people you get vaccinated, the more people you protect. And there is the issue, when you get a critical number of people vaccinated, you really have a blanket of protection over the entire community," he added.