President Joe Biden isn’t known for his communication skills, but his team’s messaging on COVID has been disastrous. And that’s bad news for the country because all of Biden’s dubious advice and backtracking will only erode belief in him, the vaccine, and America’s recovery.
In fact, as the highly contagious Delta variety spreads, Biden and his Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should make it a major priority to clearly communicate to the public that vaccines work, pushing all Americans to be vaccinated.
But, following remarks on July 4 “celebrating Independence Day and independence from COVID-19” a speech that is still front and center on the White House home page — Biden did a 180 this week, beginning on Tuesday, backing up the CDC’s recommendation that vaccinated masks be worn indoors again due to the contagious Delta variant.
The danger of hospitalization and death among those who have been vaccinated is almost non-existent, according to The Washington Post’s front page on Friday: As of July 19, just 5,601 completely vaccinated Americans — 0.0035 percent had been hospitalized due to COVID. Only 1,141 people died, or 0.0007% of the total.
Given the sobering statistics, the CDC admits that unvaccinated people face a “greater risk” of “hospitalization and mortality.”
COVID may be “just a few mutations” away from being able “to circumvent our vaccination in terms of how it protects us from serious sickness and death,” according to CDC head Rochelle Walensky. But that’s incredibly unlikely; she’s scaring the public unnecessarily and making vaccination skeptics question how effective the doses are.
More damage was done by Biden’s sarcastic remark that “if you’re not vaccinated, you’re not nearly as smart as I thought you were” – as if insulting 100 million Americans would persuade them to support the vaccine.
The White House spokeswoman, Karine Jean-Pierre, then declined to rule out fresh lockdowns two days later. Are they the real deal? Perhaps not: Following Fox News’s announcement of this incredible possibility, Jean-Pierre walked back yet again on Thursday, writing, “We will not be going back into lockdowns.”
So, which one is it? And why should we believe in a government that is continually changing its mind?
Even worse, the CDC supplied flimsy “statistics” to The Washington Post on Thursday, arguing that it’s time to “acknowledge the war has changed,” ostensibly for the worse, because to Delta.
However, just a small percentage of vaccinated Americans have been hospitalized as a result of COVID, and an even smaller percentage have died.
Yes, the COVID war has shifted: immunizations have prepared the ground for a return to normalcy. That’s a straightforward message, but one that this government can’t seem to follow through on.