Vice President Kamala Harris admitted the COVID-19 variants came as an unexpected surprise and seemed to throw some shade at scientists in a new interview.
Speaking with the Los Angeles Times in an interview published Friday, Harris said that the Biden administration essentially didn’t see Delta or the Omicron variants “coming.” And despite the fact that medical experts have been warning of mutations in the virus nearly since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the vice president seemed to fault scientists for the administration’s failure and lack of preparation.
“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 told the LA Times.
“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.
This quote is even worse than the headline suggests because the rest of the quote illustrates that she’s trying to blame their failures on the advice they got from scientists. https://t.co/Qf5lbm2wKp
— Greg Lipper (@theglipper) December 18, 2021
Harris also denied that President Joe Biden and his administration ever prematurely touted a victory over the virus.
“While the virus hasn’t been vanquished, we know this: It no longer controls our lives. It no longer paralyzes our nation. And it’s within our power to make sure it never does again,” Biden had said in a July 4 speech even as the Delta variant had emerged.
“We have not been victorious over it,” Harris asserted in her interview. “I don’t think that in any regard anyone can claim victory when, you know, there are 800,000 people who are dead because of this virus.”
Despite the administration’s failures, Harris continued to beat the drum of vaccinations, putting the spotlight on those who refuse to get the jab.
“The biggest threat still to the American people is the threat to the unvaccinated. And most people who believe in the efficacy of the vaccine and the seriousness of the virus have been vaccinated,” she said. “That troubles me deeply.”
Twitter users were quick to point out the ‘troubling’ part of the vice president’s remarks:
Vice President Kamala Harris, once again displaying her political chops, tells the L.A. Times that they totally did not see virus variants coming.
But viruses mutate. It’s what they do.
The media tour to rescue her image is going well, I see.https://t.co/gFccntdxld
— Tim Murtaugh (@TimMurtaugh) December 18, 2021
I’m a democrat but hearing this annoys me. Of course this was coming. It was almost guaranteed given our collective behavior. Lack of foresight? Or toxic positivity?
— Em Gill – PhD Kiddo (@AnyAdult2020) December 18, 2021
We’re like 15 letters into the Greek Alphabet so why did they not see this coming?
— Gunter “Sons of Malarky Soul Cycle Club” Moon (@GunterMoon) December 18, 2021
That’s how viruses work, champ. This administration is a disaster. https://t.co/JVyoS8svW3
— Jon Gabriel (@exjon) December 18, 2021
Exactly. This shows again how woefully inexperienced and unprepared this admin is; indeed, how much further underwater will they continue to find themselves…
— Legislative Dance (@legislativdance) December 18, 2021
Perhaps if she had read the briefings her staff prepared for her…
— Rachel (@rachel_in_az) December 18, 2021
But man they could sure blame the last administration like every aspect of the virus was predictable.
— competingcliches (@competingclich1) December 18, 2021
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