Asked regarding attempts in Florida to get Coronavirus tests to residents in the state who are most vulnerable to contracting the virus and denouncement from DeSantis of the Biden Administration's methods, Psaki announced that the governor's rhetoric is "pretty rich."
"I would say it's pretty rich coming from Gov. DeSantis, given he has been someone who's been advocating — not exactly advocating — for people in his state to get vaccinated, which we know is the way that people can be protected, ways that lives can be saved," Psaki stated.
Psaki announced that if DeSantis "wants to be a part of this constructive process, then perhaps he should encourage what science says is the best way to save lives, prevent and reduce hospitalizations, and that is getting vaccinated and getting boosted."
Though on many occasions, DeSantis has voiced backing for the vaccine and touted its ability to save lives and reduce symptoms.
"If you look at the people that are being admitted to hospitals … over 95% of them are either not fully vaccinated or not vaccinated at all," DeSantis stated. "These vaccines are saving lives. They are reducing mortality."
"Jen Psaki tells bald-faced lies about Governor DeSantis with the utmost confidence because she knows the corporate media will never 'fact check' her," DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw explained, according to Fox News, after Psaki's comments.
"Governor DeSantis advocated for vaccines from the day they became available for the most vulnerable. In fact, he was so effective that in April, '60 Minutes' did a hit piece criticizing his distribution of vaccines to seniors first in partnership with Publix," Pushaw continued. "NBC News even criticized Governor DeSantis for prioritizing 90-year-old Holocaust survivors for vaccines, when he was following the science showing that older people are at much higher risk from COVID-19."
"Florida now has a higher vaccination rate than the national average, but vaccines have not stopped or slowed the spread of the Omicron variant anywhere in the world," she announced. "Miami-Dade county, the Omicron hotspot in Florida, has a 93% vaccination rate. Therefore, if Psaki and Biden truly care about saving lives, they should be promoting the effective therapeutics and early treatments for COVID-19, as Governor DeSantis has done and continues to do."
Pushaw stated last year that "DeSantis has mentioned the vaccines positively almost 100 times in public remarks since November 2020."