Even as the pandemic wanes, some critics accuse President Joe Biden and other Democrats of exaggerating the dangers of COVID-19 in an effort to justify their policies.
This week, a statement from the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made it even more difficult to defend the continuation of harsh COVID-19 restrictions.
“In that context”
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky appeared on NBC’s Today on Wednesday and reiterated that fully vaccinated Americans have little reason to be concerned about the virus.
“If you are vaccinated, you are safe from the variants that are circulating here in the United States,” she said, going on to address comments made last week by Dr. Mariangela Simao of the World Health Organization (WHO).
Walensky acknowledged that “the WHO has to make guidelines and provide information to the world,” but insisted that the situation is different in the U.S. than it is elsewhere.
“Right now, we know as we look across the globe that less than 15% of people around the world have been vaccinated and many people of those have really only received one dose of a two-dose vaccine,” she said.
With much of the world experiencing a surge in COVID-19 infection rates, Walenski made it clear that “as the WHO makes those recommendations, they do so in that context.”
“Even if you’re vaccinated”
Of course, her remarks came on the heels of a report that Simao appeared to downplay the protection afforded by COVID-19 vaccines while speaking at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
“People cannot feel safe just because they had the two doses,” she told reporters, advising that individuals “still need to protect themselves” after vaccination.
“People need to continue to use masks consistently, be in ventilated spaces, hand hygiene…the physical distance, avoid crowding,” the WHO official continued. “This still continues to be extremely important, even if you’re vaccinated, when you have a community transmission ongoing.”
Meanwhile, a growing number of Americans are becoming worried that the president and congressional Democrats are using the pandemic as cover for a big-spending progressive agenda.
In fact, a Monmouth University poll released last month found that roughly three in four respondents believed Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package and other spending measures could lead to inflation.