Reporters at the White House press briefing on Wednesday asked COVID-19 Response Coordinator — Dr. Ashish Jha — where President Joe Biden’s coronavirus infection was located within his body, but she claimed to not have any specific details on the Commander-in-Chief’s condition.
“Where was he infected?” the doctor asked herself, repeating the question posed to her. “I don’t think we know. I certainly don’t know.”
Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre then stepped in, to back up Jha’s response.
“Look, I don’t think that matters,” Jean-Pierre said. “Right? I think what matters is we prepared for this moment.”
“I think what matters is what Dr. Jha just laid out,” she continued. “If we look at where we were a year and a half ago, this is a president, when he walked in, one of his first priorities was to make sure we had a comprehensive plan to get people vaccinated.”
The White House press secretary went on to emphasize the importance of vaccinations and encouraged the public to seek one out — if they’ve yet to receive one.
Biden, who turns 80 in November, had been fully vaccinated and is twice boosted — something he and his staff have bragged about. Yet he is still, however, “experiencing very mild symptoms,” according to a statement released Thursday.
In addition, the president is being medicated with Paxlovid, an antiviral medicine used to treat COVID-19.
Biden’s positive test came a day after he traveled on Air Force One to Massachusetts where he met in close proximity with various Congressmen from the commonwealth. Biden then infamously made another major gaffe about currently having cancer. This was later corrected by a White House spokesman but seemingly left the public with more questions than answers.
Especially considering the timing of his flub coming right before it was announced he had contracted the coronavirus.
The White House’s nonchalant attitude to the location of Biden’s infection flies in the face of previous pandemic policy, which prioritized tracking the virus’ spread. This current approach is nonsensical at best.
When former President Donald Trump was infected with the virus back in October 2020, there was a major effort to track down who may have infected him — while the media and CNN criticized Trump’s every move during his recovery.
This is a stark contrast to the way Biden’s infection has been received, as there has been little coverage, fanfare, or even simple questions directed at the news that the president had become symptomatic.
While the pandemic has begun to finally cool down and treatments have improved compared to the beginning of the outbreak, it is still contradictory for the White House to not make tracking infections a top priority — especially when they’ve already warned the public about a new variant, BA 2.75, which the Biden Administration claims is beginning to spread quickly.
Hypocrisy, once again. Plain and simple.
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