A CNN panelist and a Washington Post columnist lashed out at Democratic President Joe Biden this past weekend. They slammed him over the administration’s policies and messaging regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
Paul Kane, a columnist for The Washington Post, said that what Biden has done is the worst kind of problem. He believes that the White House administration has both a policy and messaging problem.
Regarding policy, Kane thinks that Biden’s team practically embraced a vaccine-only approach. He said they thought they could vaccine their way out of the country’s problem.
Kane also said that Nancy Pelosi repeatedly harped on “testing, testing, testing” during a 2020 news conference when the pandemic was just spreading.
“And this administration, with all the money in the world, from the bipartisan deals of 2020 and the unilateral Democratic of $1.9 trillion billion in March, they had all the money in the world for testing, and they just didn’t focus on it,” Kane said.
He said this was a huge mistake. They needed the testing to deal with the issue surrounding schools. Kane said that the present messaging from the CDC is more confusing than it ever has been.
The president seems to have gone against the advice of several scientific experts who had previously advised him about the administration’s COVID response.
Biden recently said, “No, I don’t think COVID is here to stay, but having COVID in the environment here and in the world is probably here to stay. COVID as we’re dealing with it now is not here to stay, the normal doesn’t have to be. We have so many more tools we developed and we continue to develop that can contain COVID and other strains of COVID.”
These comments about the coronavirus not being here to stay as well as talk about how his administration can develop strategies to “contain” it seem to challenge past advice that the president has received from six different experts.
When Biden was on the campaign trail, he proudly promised that he was going to “shut down the virus.” Now six former advisers counseled him during the presidential transition have written in the Journal of the American Medical Association that it is time for Biden to change strategies to a focus on living with the virus.
The New York Times reported, “The authors are all big names in American medicine. Several, including Dr. Luciana Borio, a former acting chief scientist at the Food and Drug Administration, and Dr. David Michaels, a former head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, have held high-ranking government positions. The driving force behind the articles is Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, an oncologist, medical ethicist, and University of Pennsylvania professor who advised former President Barack Obama.”
All of these experts are saying that the White House administration needs to take a broader vision and understand that COVID-19 is here to stay.
Other experts have noted that in July, President Biden announced that we have gained the upper hand against the virus. They said that is not the case. And they suggest that we should be better prepared for more outbreaks and should set goals and benchmarks for the number of hospitalizations and deaths from respiratory viruses that should trigger emergency measures.
Various experts are now agreeing that the Biden administration should acknowledge that the Omicron variant may not mark the end of the pandemic. They say the future is unknowable, but even the current rate of Covid hospitalizations is unacceptably high.
The CDC reported on January 20, 2021, the day Biden became president, there were 400,306 deaths in the U.S. from the coronavirus. Since then the number has risen to over 433,000 deaths according to recent reports.
The question is whether or not Biden will see his mistake and change both policy and messaging.