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'Death Lottery': West Virginia GOP Gov. Issues Shocking Warning To Unvaccinated
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'Death Lottery': West Virginia GOP Gov. Issues Shocking Warning To Unvaccinated


People who are hesitant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, according to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R), are “not thinking right” and are playing a “death lottery.”

On Sunday's episode of ABC News' "This Week," Justice told Martha Raddatz, "They really are in a lottery with themselves."

“You know, we have a lottery that basically says, if you're vaccinated, we're going to give you stuff,” he continued, referring to the prizes that can be won in exchange for getting vaccinated in the state, where vaccination rates have significantly slowed in recent weeks.

“Well, you have another lottery going on, and it is the death lottery,” the governor continued.

“Red states probably have a lot of people that, you know, are very, very conservative in their thinking and they think, ‘Well, I don't have to do that,' but they're not thinking right,” Justice said of Republican reluctance to take the shot that public health officials and scientists deem a safe way to fight the pandemic.

Raddatz inquired of Justice what he thought would persuade those who haven't received the vaccine to do so now.

“Well, Martha, I hate to say it, but an awful lot of people dying would push them over the edge,” he responded, “and the only way that’s going to happen is a disaster that none of us want, so we just have to keep trying.”

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As vaccinations fall short of President Biden's July 4 deadline to get 70% of adults at least one shot, @MarthaRaddatz was on the ground in West Virginia speaking with young adults who were still hesitant to get the vaccine. https://t.co/XaQ0O17OQs pic.twitter.com/0Aq2N5gMWl — This Week (@ThisWeekABC) July 4, 2021

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