Matt Damon and his Contagion co-stars hit the web with a series of Public Service Announcements regarding the coronavirus vaccine after weeks into the worldwide lockdown in March 2020.
Meanwhile, Steven Soderbergh’s surprisingly accurate 2011 film about a fictional devastating pandemic was finding new popularity on streaming services, which prompted Damon (who played a man immune to the disease), Kate Winslet and Co. to cooperate with medical experts to build trust among people about science and campaign for social distancing.
According to Damon, “You can actually sit on the couch or in a chair, like I’m doing, and watch TV and save a life at the same time.”
Matt Damon also expresses his dissatisfaction with the coronavirus vaccine’s skepticism and misinformation. He took part in a Yahoo Entertainment interview for the Focus Features crime drama Stillwater, which is set to be released soon. The film made its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival recently. During the discussion, the actor emphasised why vaccine hesitancy and achieving herd immunity are so important.
“There are a lot of reasons that people have [for being vaccine-hesitant], and I don’t want to belittle them. It’s tough for me. I have a couple friends who are immunocompromised, and they can’t get the vaccine, so they have no choice but to rely on the rest of us to do our part to get to herd immunity. So I look at it that way,” Damon shared.
On July 21, the Center for Disease Control declared that only 48.8 percent of Americans are fully vaccinated. The extremely contagious delta form is spreading swiftly in the United States, with cases up 70 percent in the last week, hospital admissions up 36 percent, and deaths up 26 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has warned that the outbreak in the United States is turning into a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” because nearly all hospital admissions are due to the virus.
Herd immunity is a point at which the virus is less likely to spread from person to person as a result of vaccination efforts. However, due to vaccination hesitancy, the United States is not on course to meet that goal. Matt Damon believes that early messages about the coronavirus vaccine may have contributed to the country’s current position. He also believes in doing what is right for the better cause and trusting health and science over the epidemic of misinformation and irresponsible language that has proliferated through social media.
“It’s a personal choice. That’s the beauty of America: It’s a free country. And none of us would have it any other way. But I fall heavily on the side of trusting science more than something you read on Facebook,” said Damon.
Matt Damon exudes joy upon returning to NYC
Matt appears to be returning to New York for the first time since the pandemic began. He was last seen in France, where he was attending the Cannes Film Festival to promote his film Stillwater.
Matt is in New York City to promote the upcoming film, which will be released in theatres on July 30th, and he will appear on Friday night’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon too.
While arriving in New York City, Matt Damon appears overtaken with delight. On Thursday (July 22), the 50-year-old actor threw his hands in the air as he exited JFK Airport in New York City.