Even as the nation seems to have turned a corner on COVID-19, there remain lingering concerns — particularly among public health officials — about the potential for further spread of the disease as variants continue to crop up around the world. And perhaps unsurprisingly, those in Washington seem more than happy to take advantage of it.
According to The Daily Wire, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki revealed Tuesday that President Joe Biden and his administration would readily support “any measures” that states and localities opt to impose to help keep their communities “safe” from the pandemic.
The press secretary’s remarks reportedly came in response to a question about the Biden administration’s failure to reach the president’s goal of seeing 70% of American adults get at least one shot for COVID-19 by July 4.
“Up to the states”
According to The Daily Wire, a reporter had asked at Tuesday’s White House press briefing: “If the number of cases continues to trend upward, are there any circumstances under which the White House would reimpose some of those restrictions as cases tick up? Or would that be up to the states?”
In response, Psaki said those decisions would largely be left up to the states.
“Well, the states are going to have to make evaluations and local communities are going to have to make evaluations about what’s in their interests,” the press secretary said, as The Daily Wire reported.
“And, as you know, there are much higher rates of vaccinations in some parts of the country over others, and we certainly support their decisions to implement any measures that they think will help their community be safe,” she added. Take a look:
Biden Press Secretary Jen Psaki says Joe Biden would “certainly support” states reimposing COVID restrictions pic.twitter.com/zFBVpzc6WZ
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Liberty at stake
Later in the presser, Psaki seemed to try to shift the goalposts with regard to Biden’s goal of getting 7 in 10 American adults at least partially vaccinated.
According to a White House transcript, she told reporters: “But I would remind you, we’re at a point where we’re almost at 70% vaccination rate for — well, for 20 — adults 27 and older, but almost for adults 18 and older. So, certainly, we don’t see we’re on track to implementing new, additional national measures.”
Psaki also broached Tuesday the topic of mandatory vaccines, noting that some schools and universities are already moving in that direction. “We leave it up to them to make that decision, as well as employers,” she said, according to the transcript.
“And we know that different companies and private-sector entities, or even learning institutions, are making decisions about how to keep their communities safe. So, I wouldn’t predict a federal mandate,” she confirmed. Still, liberty lovers everywhere surely wish Psaki would be more concrete on the topic. Americans’ freedoms are at stake.