Joe Biden and Anthony Fauci continue to raise tensions over the Delta variant of the COVID virus, which originated in Wuhan, China, falsely referring to this variant as “deadlier” than various other strains of the virus. As a result of this fear mongering, the White House is reportedly mulling the possibility of fresh lockdowns.
Here’s the deal: The Delta variant is more contagious, it’s deadlier, and it’s spreading quickly around the world – leaving young, unvaccinated people more vulnerable than ever. Please, get vaccinated if you haven’t already. Let’s head off this strain before it’s too late. pic.twitter.com/9gBeRpvCe8
— President Biden (@POTUS) June 24, 2021
During a daily briefing earlier this week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was questioned if the Biden administration was in support of new lockdowns, if governors elect to implement various restrictions across their states. Psaki claimed that the current rate of vaccination would likely preclude a nationwide lockdown; however, she also left substantial room for the potential occurrence of new COVID-related restrictions.
A report asked Psaki if “there are any circumstances under which the White House would reimpose some of those restrictions … if the number of cases continues to trend upward,” or whether or not such measures would be left up to the states by individual governor discretion.
Psaki responded that states will need to make their own evaluations, while local communities should also be tasked with conducting their own analyses regarding what is in their best interests.
She also noted that “there are much higher rates of vaccination in some parts of the country” over other parts of the country, which means that the White House will “certainly support their decisions to implement any measures that they think will help their community be safe.”
However, Psaki also reiterated that the United States is nearly at a 70 percent vaccination rate for adults who are aged 27 years and older, as well as almost at that level for adults who are aged 18 years and older. Based upon these current rates, Psaki does not anticipate that the White House is “on track to implementing new, additional measures.”
Psaki says that Biden would support states going back into lockdown. pic.twitter.com/q4OAyV33Un
— The First (@TheFirstonTV) July 6, 2021
Various data and research have revealed that lockdowns tend to be enormously harmful to the economy, carrying with them an enormous amount of “collateral damage” as a result of the lockdowns. In low income countries, millions of individuals are affected globally in terms of severe poverty, food insecurity, maternal mortality, under age-5 mortality, disrupted health services, increased intimate partner violence, and interrupted vaccine campaigns. In high income countries, adverse outcomes include unemployment, loneliness, opioid overdoses, and declining mental health.