(The Hill) – Anthony Fauci had an unlikely companion who cheered him on when he received his COVID-19 booster promoting footage during an appearance opposite Stephen Colbert on ‘The Late Show.’
“I’m actually entitled to a refresher,” Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, told Colbert during an interview Wednesday.
After Colbert offered to go to a drug store down the street to help Fauci get his booster, the two set out as part of a recorded sketch.
After being persuaded by Colbert to wear a pair of Halloween cat ears and then sunglasses to encourage Americans to get their booster shots, Fauci, 81, campaigned for his vaccine.
“Are you nervous about giving this man a chance?” the CBS host asked the pharmacist who administered Fauci’s booster shot.
“He’s actually only the third most famous one I’ve vaccinated,” joked the pharmacist.
After getting his shot, Fauci said, “I’m fine.”
Colbert presented Fauci with an oversized lollipop.
“Anthony Fauci: fully vaccinated and boosted,” explained Colbert.
It’s not the first time Fauci has been vaccinated on camera. In 2020, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases publicly received the Moderna coronavirus vaccine.
In an interview before he got his shot, Colbert praised Fauci as an official “whose level-headed leadership got us through the pandemic.”
Fauci addressed President Joe Biden’s comment during a “60 Minutes” interview last month in which the commander in chief said the “pandemic was over.”
After Colbert said the pandemic didn’t “feel over,” Fauci replied, “It will literally feel over when it gets to a level in society so low that it doesn’t disrupt social order.”
“What the President was referring to is the very acute stage of the outbreak where we were getting 900,000 cases a day and [3,000] to 4,000 deaths, that’s not where we’re at right now. We’re way down in cases, but we’re also way down in deaths,” Fauci said.
“But the level we are at, Stephen, is not really acceptable. I don’t feel at all comfortable saying that we can live with 400 deaths a day,” Fauci said.
“We need to cut far, far the level of infection and the number of deaths and hospitalizations. So it’s not eradicated – we’re not going to eliminate it completely – but we want to bring it down to a level that’s low enough that it just doesn’t bother society,” he said.
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