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Fauci, 80, to make Snapchat debut as Florida Gov Ron DeSantis slams Biden’s ‘terrible’ Covid vaccine messaging

DOCTOR Anthony Fauci, 80, is slated to make his Snapchat debut in a White House push to encourage Americans to get vaccinated.

The top doctor's Snap debut comes as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis slammed President Biden for what he called "terrible" Covid vaccine messaging.

Axios revealed Sunday that the White House is taking advantage of social media starting Monday, and using it to try and get Americans vaccinated.

In an effort to appeal to younger audiences, infectious disease expert Dr Fauci will go on Snapchat to encourage people to get the jab.

The White House is also slated to work with social media giants Twitter and Facebook to send Americans notifications that they're elligible for vaccines, Axios reported.

Other health officials in the Biden administration will also go on radio interviews, and doctors will go on TV in an effort to get as many people vaccinated as possible and encourage people to get the jab.

The CDC advises people to wear two masks as it's more effective in preventing Covid spread – especially as more contagious variants have emerged.

DeSantis said, however, that "it doesn't make sense" for people who have been vaccinated, WFLA reported.

“My view is is if you get a vaccine, the vaccines are effective,” DeSantis claimed.

“You’re immune and so, act immune. If you tell people the opposite, then gee, you know why, if it’s not effective for them and it’s not going to change anything then what’s the point of going through it?" he questioned.

Health officials have cautioned that people who are vaccinated should still take precautions against the virus.

People who are vaccinated are still advised to wear masks in public and when around others who are not vaccinated to prevent virus spread.

The CDC states: "After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions—like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces—in public places until we know more."

Despite DeSantis' view on vaccine protocols, Fauci said that Covid-19 rules "have nothing to do" with the issue of civil liberties.

He said, rather, that it's a "public health issue" following a spat with Republican Jim Jordan on Capitol Hill.

"The way you get rid of those restrictions is to get as many people vaccinated as quickly and as expeditiously as possible because when that happens, for absolutely certain you are going to see the level of virus in the community go down and down and down to the point where you would not have to have those public health restrictions," Fauci told CNN.

He added: "This has nothing to do with liberty… We’re talking about the fact that 560,000 people in our country have died.

"We’re talking about [60,000] to 70,000 new infections per day.

"That’s the issue. This is a public health issue. It’s not a civil liberties issue," Fauci said.

Fauci's slated Snapchat debut comes amid a pause in Johnson & Johnson vaccine distribution after nine women developed a rare-blood clotting disorder.

On Sunday, however, Fauci confirmed the pause will likely end next week.

He predicted that the Johnson & Johnson jab will return with some restrictions.

Dr Anthony Fauci says Covid-19 is ‘not a civil liberties issue’

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