Vice President Kamala Harris recently threw President Joe Biden and top public health officials under the bus by admitting that the administration had been blindsided by the surges of COVID-19 variants like delta and omicron.
But that claim from Harris was just humiliatingly contradicted by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief White House medical advisor, who insisted that the administration “definitely saw variants coming,” The Daily Wire reported.
Fauci, the long-serving head of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), did however acknowledge that the specific details and “unprecedented” extent of viral mutations in the new variants had been underestimated.
Harris’ false claim
It was during an interview with the Los Angeles Times last week that Vice President Harris had made the comments that seemed to undermine the Biden administration’s efforts to appear as though it had brought the pandemic under control.
“We didn’t see Delta coming. I think most scientists did not — upon whose advice and direction we have relied — didn’t see Delta coming,” Harris asserted.
“We didn’t see Omicron coming. And that’s the nature of what this, this awful virus has been, which as it turns out, has mutations and variants,” she added.
Harris also seemingly contradicted President Biden’s arguably premature declaration of “independence” from the COVID-19 pandemic in July and appeared to cast blame upon the unvaccinated and “misinformation” for the development and surges of new variants like Delta and Omicron.
But Dr. Fauci has a different view of the situation, according to Fox News, that he made clear Sunday during an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union program, when he stated, “We definitely saw variants coming.”
“What was not anticipated was the extent of the mutations in the amino acid substitutions in omicron, which was really unprecedented,” he added.
What Fauci was likely referring to was the fact that at least 50 mutations have been identified in the omicron variant — compared to only around 10 mutations for the delta variant — with the most concerning aspect being that about 30 of those omicron mutations involved the so-called “spike protein” that is targeted by the mRNA vaccines.
“When you have so much replication going on in the community, to give a virus enough opportunity to replicate, you know it’s ultimately going to mutate, and sometimes those mutations wind up a new variant,” Fauci said. “That’s what happened with delta, certainly that’s what happened with omicron.”
Who is being truthful?
It is now up to the American people to decide who among these two individuals, Harris and Fauci, both with a reputation for being less than completely honest with the public, is telling the truth about how much foresight and awareness the administration had with regard to the different COVID-19 variants.