Surgeon general: 'Our enemy is the virus. It is not one another'

Surgeon general: 'Our enemy is the virus. It is not one another'
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Surgeon General Vivek MurthyVivek MurthyCDC director partially overrules panel, signs off on boosters CDC panel authorizes COVID-19 vaccine boosters for high-risk people, those over 65 FDA authorizes Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot for older and high-risk Americans MORE said on Sunday that Americans should focus on defeating the virus instead of turning on one another.

During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Murthy told host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosSurgeon general: 'Our enemy is the virus. It is not one another' Christie: Biden's new vaccine mandate will 'harden opposition' GOP senator on Texas abortion law: Supreme Court will 'swat it away' when 'it comes to them in an appropriate manner' MORE that he acknowledges people have expressed frustration over the ongoing pandemic and President BidenJoe BidenHaiti prime minister warns inequality will cause migration to continue Pelosi: House must pass 3 major pieces of spending legislation this week Erdoğan says Turkey plans to buy another Russian defense system MORE’s new vaccination mandates. 

“But what we cannot allow, George, is for this pandemic to turn us on each other. Our enemy is the virus. It is not one another,” Murthy told Stephanopoulos. “And what we have to do is approach this next phase of the pandemic response recognizing that we’ve got to listen to each other before we rush to judgment. We’ve got to support one another in our decisionmaking and during times of crisis.”  

Murthy's comments come as GOP-led states voice criticism over the Biden administration's mandate that all private employers with 100 or more employees must require COVID-19 vaccines or weekly testing.

Murthy defended Biden's new mandate, saying that the administration is looking for measures to implement to decrease cases.

“I do think that the series of measures taken here present a strong step forward and they will ultimately help protect our communities. And that is the single goal here. It’s to protect us from COVID-19. It’s to help us get through this, keep our kids in school, keep our economy going and give us the peace of mind that so many people have desperately wanted since this pandemic began,” Murthy said.