The White House of President Joe Biden directly contradicted Dr. Anthony Fauci this week by stating that the coronavirus pandemic “isn’t over,” the Washington Examiner reports.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, during Wednesday’s press briefing, decided that there was a need to clarify recent remarks from Fauci on the state of the COVID pandemic.
“COVID isn’t over, and the pandemic isn’t over,” Psaki said.
“What Dr. Fauci was saying is that we are in a different phase of this pandemic, and that’s absolutely true,” she added.
“Out of the pandemic phase”
Psaki’s clarification came following an interview that Fauci did Tuesday on PBS’s NewsHour with host Judy Woodruff. There, Woodruff asked Fauci, “How close are we to the end of this pandemic?”
At first, Fauci said that it is an “unanswerable question,” but he hastened to add that the U.S. is “certainly . . . out of the pandemic phase.”
“Namely, we don’t have 900,000 new infections a day and tens and tens and tens of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths,” Fauci said. “We are at a low level right now.”
“So, if you’re saying, are we out of the pandemic phase in this country, we are,” Fauci added.
Fauci contradicts Fauci
Someone must have told Fauci that he is not allowed to say that the pandemic is over following his interview on PBS because the following day Fauci felt the need to walk back his statement. He did so during an appearance on CNN where he claimed that people are misinterpreting his words.
“Don’t let anybody get the misinterpretation that the pandemic is over, but what we are in is a different phase of the pandemic, a phase that’s a transition phase, hopefully headed toward more of a control where you can actually get back to some form of normality without total disruption of society, economically, socially, school-wise, etc.” Fauci said.
So, according to Fauci and the White House, the coronavirus pandemic isn’t “over,” but the U.S. is out of the “pandemic phase.” What is the difference between the two? That’s anybody’s guess.
But, it’s clear that Fauci and the Biden White House are holding on to their coronavirus narrative for dear life.