Despite UK Decision To 'Live With Virus', Psaki Says Biden Admin Not Ready

Written By BlabberBuzz | Sunday, 23 January 2022 16:45
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White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced on Thursday she couldn’t predict when the Biden Administration would start to ease COVID-19 limitations after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Britain would start to roll back vaccine and mask rules now that cases have peaked.

Throughout an interview on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” host Dana Perino pointed out to Psaki that the U.S. is roughly six weeks behind Europe and Britain when it comes to reacting to COVID variants like Delta and Omicron.

“Are we six weeks away from something like a Boris Johnson announcement?” Perino asked.

“I can’t make a prediction of that, because we listen to the scientists,” Psaki stated.

“Obviously, we’ve seen it spike in some parts of the world. We’ve seen spikes and come down a little bit in some parts of the United States. But we’ll be watching it very closely​,” she announced. ​

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Perino asked Psaki whether the U.S. would follow the United Kingdom’s lead and “provide America an off-ramp to COVID and especially for … the unvaccinated,” stressing that some who have refused to get inoculated against the virus have felt like “scapegoats and second-class citizens.”

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“Well first let me say, 75 percent of the country is fully vaccinated,” the press secretary replied. “All of those people did not vote for Joe Biden and certainly they’re not all Democrats. We know that mathematically.

“What the President’s trying to do is protect the country, protect people from death. We also know from the CDC and from our scientists that you are 17 times more likely to be hospitalized and 20 times more likely to die if you are not vaccinated,” Psaki continued.

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“At the same time, Dana, I think you make a really important point — we don’t want to live like this. You heard the president say we don’t want to live like this forever. We want to get back to a point where we’re not wearing masks, of course, where we’re not worried about our kids being in school places​,” she went on.

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“That’s where we want to get to, and what we’re trying to do is continue to fight at the height of a pandemic to get to that point,” Psaki announced.​

Johnson declared Wednesday that now-mandatory COVID-19 passes will not be required to gain entry to large-scale events in England beginning January 27. Face masks will no longer be legally needed anywhere in England as of that day.

​​He also announced the government would no longer advise people to work from home. ​

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