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Blunt Urges Americans to Get Vaccinated: “It’s Vaccine Versus Variant”

July 13, 2021

WASHINGTON – At the weekly Republican leadership press conference today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) encouraged all Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Blunt emphasized that vaccines are key to limiting the spread of new variants and finishing the fight against the pandemic.

Following Are Excerpts of Blunt’s Remarks:

“The other thing we've got to be more concerned about, obviously, is the vaccine. I was just in Missouri. Our numbers are not where we'd like them to be. In early June, we were having about 400 new cases a day. Now, we're having something closer to 1,400 new cases a day. And, at every event I was at, I encouraged people to get the vaccine unless their doctor had specifically discouraged them from getting the vaccine.

“We're in a fight now—here and around the world, frankly—where it's sort of vaccine versus variant. The way you don't have all these new strains is you don't give the virus anywhere to live and become more resilient. That's the case here. You need to get vaccinated, even if you think you don't have an individual problem. We've got to stop having places for the virus to begin to mutate to begin to develop a different variant.

“Frankly, that's the way our country which, because of what we did with Warp Speed under the prior administration, we're going to have a lot of extra vaccines. And, we should be interested in getting those vaccines to other people in the world. Nobody will benefit from having this virus continue to develop other variants. So, it's vaccine versus variant—first at home and then whatever we can do to help fight that same fight all over the world. We are not nearly in as bad a place as we were but we're not nearly in as good a place as we would all like to be."

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