While one of Biden’s biggest campaign promises has been about stopping the spread of COVID-19, he has given some seemingly vague answers in how he’s going to do it. During a recent signing event for a new executive order regarding U.S manufacturing, Biden was pressed by reporters about his vows to crush the virus.
“I am going to shut down the virus but I never said I’d do it in two months. I said it took a long time to get here. It’s going to take a long time to beat it. We’re in this for a while. I mean we’re at, what are we now, about 410,000 deaths? And there’s going to be more,” Biden said.
The President also warned of dark winters and more deaths but projected that the U.S would still be dealing with the health crisis in the early fall. He projected that anyone who wanted the vaccine would have it by spring and suggested that people would be on their way to herd immunity by summertime.
President Biden’s answers were contradictory, first talking about dark winters and then leading to the hopes of herd immunity by summertime. He also dodged questions regarding the crisis in New York, where officials have been begging the Biden Administration for more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
New York had exhausted all vaccines and are expected to receive an additional 250,000 doses, but noted that it was arriving slowly. Some of the doses had been used at pop-up vaccination clinics, while the rest had been used to vaccinate seniors at NYCHA’s William Reid apartments.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the man who hid in a basement for his entire campaign didn’t have a plan. His pessimistic view of promising more deaths “no matter what Americans do” chimes differently than his first speech where he had talked about getting COVID under control. He had warned that if we failed to act, there would be a wave of evictions and foreclosures in the coming months. Now, there’s nothing we can do to change the trajectory?
President Biden’s handling of the pandemic drew confusion from figures in both politics and the media. “Haven’t we been told for months that restrictions and mandates were necessary to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months?” Former Michigan Rep Justin Amash tweeted.
Fox News contributor Rep. Jason Chaffetz also criticized Biden for giving up early in the game, taking note that most of the major media outlets will bury the story. It has been the opposite of everything Biden said throughout his entire campaign and now he’s drawing back on those promises. Are people honestly surprised?