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The Biden administration continues to disincentivize the getting of a coronavirus vaccine by acting as if obtaining a vaccination brings with it no benefits.
Case in point: Both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris double-masked as they hosted Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at the White House late Friday afternoon.
Suga was the administration’s first visitor. Yet despite him being the first visitor, his visit seemed like a dreary affair because of all the coronavirus restrictions that Biden and Harris felt compelled to abide by.
“Biden and Suga both wore face masks and practiced social distancing, as did their entourages. The meal usually served at high-level gatherings was scrapped. Only a handful of journalists were allowed into the Rose Garden news conference at the end of the daylong visit – and those who were let in were spaced apart,” USA Today reported.
The visit was so impersonal that they may well as have just spoken via Zoom.
See photos and video footage from the visit below, and take a close look at everybody’s masks:
— The Hill (@thehill) April 16, 2021
Staring down at his notecards during the Bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, a double-masked Biden says he’s “looking forward to speaking with the prime minister,” and “our teams are tackling a shared agenda.” pic.twitter.com/NIp9rEs8v0
— Deb Heine, Dissident (@NiceDeb) April 16, 2021
Today, President Biden hosted Japanese Prime Minister Suga for his first foreign leader visit. The two leaders renewed an alliance that has become a cornerstone of peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region and the world — and recommitted to addressing our shared challenges. pic.twitter.com/zBeXJ38J7n
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 17, 2021
President Joe Biden hosts Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga for his first in-person bilateral meeting at the White House– Suga kicks off remarks by announcing he’d like to “express [his] condolences to the victims” of a shooting in Indianapolis that killed eight. pic.twitter.com/aMvdiO4Csy
— DJ Judd (@DJJudd) April 16, 2021
I was honored to welcome Prime Minister Suga to the White House today as we usher in a new era of friendship between the U.S. and Japan. Both Pacific nations, we are also united by our shared commitment to the universal values of freedom, democracy, and human rights. pic.twitter.com/QJgbjNnceE
— President Biden (@POTUS) April 17, 2021
While it’s difficult to be certain, it appears as if the Japanese delegation only wore one mask, save for Suga, who did seem to be wearing two masks.
Suga received the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine on April 6th, according to The Japan Times. Because it reportedly takes two weeks after the second dose for the Pfizer vaccine to take effect, Suga did seem, for his part, have a valid excuse for mask-wearing.
But both Biden and Harris received their vaccinations way back in December, meaning there was apparently no valid reason for them to mask up. This, in turn, raised concerns about the message they’re sending to the public about the vaccine’s efficacy:
Biden, who had long been vaccinated against COVID-19, continues to wear DOUBLE MASKS, despite not being at any meaningful risk of contracting the virus. Despite them thinking otherwise, this is absolutely horrendous public health messaging. pic.twitter.com/yhWmKQMmcf
— Ellen Carmichael (@ellencarmichael) April 16, 2021
Over in Florida, on the other hand, Gov. Ron DeSantis has been praised for his completely opposite messaging.
“My view is, if you get a vaccine, the vaccines are effective, you’re immune, so act immune. If you tell people the opposite, then gee, if it’s not effective for them, and it’s not going to change anything, then what’s the point of going through it?” he said during a briefing earlier Friday afternoon.
“If you get a vaccine … you’re immune. So act immune.”
— Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) on why two masks aren’t necessary after vaccination pic.twitter.com/GwxE6i5tkD
— The Recount (@therecount) April 16, 2021
His thinking — and it’s one shared by a growing number of critics — is that when public officials continue to mask/double-mask and social distance after being fully immunized from the coronavirus, they send the message that it’s not worth it to get the vaccine, especially given the reported potential risks.
Anti-vaxxers must be overjoyed that some of the biggest vaccination proponents are pushing messaging that life barely changes after taking it.
Personally, I have confidence in the vaccines and now that I’m fully vaxxed, my life has taken a huge step back toward the old normal.
— David Maclean 🍾 (@GeordieStory) April 17, 2021
I don’t understand why people in power still won’t discuss the idea that the COVID vaccine prevents infection AND transmission. All available data, which is significant, says it does both. They act like there’s just too much uncertainty. But there’s not. It’s horrible messaging.
— Jason Foster (@ByJasonFoster) April 17, 2021
Speaking on the matter earlier in the week, Fox News host Tucker Carlson bluntly asked, “At some point, no one’s asking this, but everyone should be, what is this about? If vaccines work, why are vaccinated people still banned from living normal lives? Honestly, what’s the answer to that?”
Yet there has been no answer from anyone in the Biden administration, including its top coronavirus “expert,” Dr. Anthony Fauci …
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