October 25, 2021

Fox News’ and Fox Business Network’s Neil Cavuto appeared on Howard Kurtz’s Fox News “MediaBuzz” show Sunday morning and urged viewers to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Cavuto joined the show from his home because he was diagnosed with a breakthrough COVID-19 case. Cavuto is immunocompromised because he has multiple sclerosis.

“I feel very strongly, and I know we live in this hyper-politicized age, that people get vaccinated,” Cavuto told Kurtz. “I know, you know, a lot of people say that’s a private decision. I get that. I appreciate that. But I would like to urge people of all sorts, please get vaccinated. … I can tell you right now, those who have been vaccinated are in far better position right now to survive this and even handle cases where they come down with this, precisely because they have been. The numbers prove it.”

He added, “This is not about left or right. This is not about who is conservative or liberal. The last time I checked, everyone, regardless of their political persuasion, is coming down with this. Cases are stabilizing. But we are still losing 3,000 people a day. We’ve lost 5 million globally to this. We’ve lost nearly 800,000 in the U.S. Take political speaking points and toss them. For now. I’m begging you.”

Cavuto has received what Kurtz called “nasty emails” because he has advocated for the vaccine.

“I don’t look at things through a political spectrum, down to all my shows,” Cavuto said. “I have no time for that. Life is too short to be an ass. Life is way too short to be ignorant of the promise of something that is helping people worldwide. Stop the deaths. Stop the suffering. Please, get vaccinated. Please.”

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