Just days ago, White House press secretary Jen Psaki stated that it was not the government’s “role to place to blame” over the increasing number of COVID-19 cases America is seeing, but Monday, Psaki walked back her recent comments to lay blame at the feet of one group.
“On COVID, Dr. Fauci says ‘we’re going in the wrong direction.’ Whose fault is that?” Fox News reporter Peter Doocey asked Psaki during her Monday press briefing.
“Well, I would say first, what he was referring to is the fact that because there are still a large population of people in this country who were unvaccinated – and we have the most transmissible variant that we’ve seen since the beginning of the pandemic that more people are getting sick with COVID and those numbers are not moving in the right direction,” Psaki told Doocy matter-of-factly.
“I think that’s accurate and you can see those numbers by data,” she said as she tried to justify her response.
Fox News’ Peter Doocy: “On COVID, Dr. Fauci says we’re going in the wrong direction. Whose fault is that?”@PressSec: “Well, I would say first what he was referring to is the fact that because there are still a large population of people in this country who were unvaccinated…” pic.twitter.com/GzOULaVL54
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Psaki then moved on to another topic, but it was a strong reversal from her Friday position of not placing blame on any one demographic.
“Well, I don’t think our role is to place blame, but what we can do is provide accurate information to people who are not yet vaccinated about the risks they are incurring not only among — on themselves, but also the people around them,” Psaki said Friday.
“We’re not — but we’re not here to place blame or threats; we’re here to provide accurate information,” she reiterated.
Psaki’s about-face comes as many Americans question whether or not the government is really being transparent about the efficacy of the vaccine. In that same Friday briefing, Psaki was asked multiple times about the breakthrough case numbers among vaccinated individuals in the White House.
“Well, I think, first, we’re in a very different place than we were six to seven months ago as it relates to the virus. And as many medical experts have said — inside and outside of the government — those who are vaccinated are protected from serious illness,” she said, dodging the question. “Most are asymptomatic, if they are individuals who are vaccinated who get the virus. And, you know, we are in a different place in terms of the impact of individuals who may have, as you said, breakthrough cases,” she added.
“But why not just provide the number? Are you trying to hide something?” the reporter pressed.
Visibly frustrated, Psaki asked the reporter why she needed that information and then tried to distract from her nonanswer by discussing how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are tracking breakthrough cases.
The new Delta variant of the virus is reportedly responsible for 83 percent of cases in the United States at present. The vaccine remains the best defense against the virus, but some areas of the country are considering reinstating heavy-handed coronavirus regulations like mask mandates.
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