The White House is reportedly preparing to come out swinging with an even more aggressive tone in their desperate attempt to force as many Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as possible.
President Joe Biden is planning to address the nation on Tuesday, where he will essentially threaten Americans – “Get vaccinated, get your booster shots, or prepare for a grim winter ahead.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Saturday offered up a preview of the president’s pre-Christmas planned remarks.
Psaki noted that a “stark warning” message was coming for unvaccinated Americans.
She said the president will announce new steps his administration is taking “to help communities in need of assistance.” The additional action builds on the government’s winter plan that includes increased testing and encouraging booster shots for adults, she said.
“We are prepared for the rising case levels,” she said.
According to the New York Times’ coronavirus tracker, cases in the U.S. have been steadily rising since late November and as of Dec. 17, the daily case average was nearly 126,000, up from about 86,500 at the beginning of the month.
The Biden administration – who claimed they were going to put an end to COVID-19 – are now weighing shifting the narrative to get the public focus on severe instead of overall cases as the pandemic drags on.
“It’s not about cases. It’s about severity,” Xavier Becerra, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, told reporters this week, as the government appears to forewarn of more crackdowns to come.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that COVID protocols may become “more restrictive” with the Omicron variant.
Biden, meanwhile, warned earlier that those who won’t get vaccinated will experience a grim time ahead.
“For unvaccinated: We are looking at a winter of severe illness and death, if you’re unvaccinated,” Biden said. “For themselves, their family, and the hospital they’ll soon overwhelm.”
“Omicron is here. It’s gonna start to spread much more rapidly at the beginning of the year, and the only real protection is to get your shot,” he said.
Perhaps an indicator of just how lost the current administration is, Vice President Kamala Harris recently said that they were not prepared – and certainly did not anticipate – the emergence of new variants.
Harris said, “We didn’t see Delta coming … We didn’t see Omicron coming.”
Fauci was pressed about Harris’ claim on Sunday during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Anchor Jake Tapper said, “Vice President Harris told the LA Times this week that the administration did not anticipate the variants. ‘We didn’t see Delta coming. I think most scientists stood on whose advice and protection we relied on didn’t see Delta coming, didn’t see Omicron coming.’ Obviously, nobody can anticipate the specific next variant to come, what the protein will look like, etc., but in a more general sense, did you not see variants coming?”
Fauci contradicted the VP, saying, “We did, Jake. We definitely saw variants coming. I think what was referred to, what was not anticipated, was the extent of the mutations in the amino acid substitutions in omicron, which is really unprecedented. It kind of came out of nowhere, where you have a virus that has 50 mutations, 30 of which are in the spike protein and 10 or 12 of which are in the receptor-binding domain. I mean to me, that’s really quite unprecedented.”
He added, “So that’s something you would not have anticipated, but we certainly were anticipating that there were going to be variants. When you have so many viruses, so much replication going on in the community, if you give a virus enough opportunity to replicate, you know it’s going to ultimately mutate, and sometimes those mutations wind up being a new variant. That’s exactly what happened with Delta, and certainly, that’s what happened with Omicron.”
Author: Eddy Boxtrose