Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky openly endorsed vaccine passports as a potential “path forward” in the bureaucratic agency’s attempts to “get the huge amount of disease in some of these areas down.”
“I know they’re doing it in Europe … but they’re issuing health passes there where, you know, you can go to a disco, or a discotheque as they like to call it there, if you have a health pass. Is that something that the CDC would ever lean into or perhaps advise here?” a CNN anchor asked the director on Tuesday.
“You know I think some communities are doing that, and that may very well be the path forward,” Walensky said before doubling down on the CDC’s new masking recommendations for vaccinated people.
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Walensky is just one of the many Biden administration officials who suddenly suggested requiring proof of vaccination in exchange for work or play.
Biden’s Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough announced on Monday that he will mandate COVID-19 vaccines for health care employees working in Veteran Affairs. According to the press release, “each employee will have eight weeks to be fully vaccinated” before risking termination.
In March, the White House pledged to leave vaccine passports to the “private sector,” but President Joe Biden told reporters on Tuesday night that he is considering mandating the COVID vaccine for all federal employees, not just medical ones.
Pres. Biden tells ABC’s @sarahkolinovsky that he is considering a mandate for all federal employees to get COVID-19 vaccines.
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These comments came hours after the CDC reinstated its mask recommendations for vaccinated Americans, using the Delta variant to justify the change. In addition to nagging those who have received the shot, the CDC also re-emphasized that children over 2 years old who attend K-12 schools and anyone who is unvaccinated should don face coverings.
Two short months before the flip-flop, Walensky reassured MSNBC’s panicked Rachel Maddow and Americans that there was an “extraordinary amount of evidence now that demonstrates the vaccines are working in the real world” and that face coverings for vaccinated people are no longer necessary.
“It is safe to take off your mask,” Walensky said.
How did CDC Director Rochelle Walensky go from asserting so definitively *just 2 months ago* that there is no health reason for vaccinated people to wear masks, to issuing today's alarmist message about vaccine-resistant strains? There were variants then:pic.twitter.com/apSDki3JV5
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 27, 2021
Now, Walensky and other health bureaucrats have changed their tune and are casting doubt on the efficacy of the COVID vaccine.
“The big concern is that the next variant that might emerge, just a few mutations potentially away, could eventually evade our vaccine,” Walensky said in the CDC announcement on Tuesday.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky says “the big concern is that the next variant that might emerge, just a few mutations potentially away, could eventually evade our vaccine.”
She adds: “Right now … these vaccines operate really well in protecting us…” pic.twitter.com/QfpRhppfqS
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