President Joe Biden has a vaccine problem, and it isn’t that nearly half of Americans aren’t vaccinated against COVID-19. It’s that every single thing the Biden administration does and says, paired with everything the massive federal bureaucracy does and says, absolutely destroys all confidence in the shot.
Take, for example, the massive clash going on right now between the administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As Politico reported on Monday, the president is mad because he wants to propel his vaccine campaign with a booster shot by Sept. 20 and the CDC isn’t cooperating. The CDC is annoyed in turn because it says the White House’s plans are unrealistic.
It’s a bit of a “he said, she said,” as far as who is holding out on whom because, of course, the administration and federal agency each have their own agenda and special interests. Either way you look at it, however, confidence in the vaccine is a casualty.
The agency that changed its guidelines under pressure from anti-science and partisan teachers unions is at war with the Biden administration that skates by under the Science(TM) banner but stoked vaccine hesitancy before they even got into office. No matter who wins the booster fight, who can trust them? Never mind the subtext to the whole debate, which is that the immunity afforded by these injections doesn’t last all that long.
That’s just the administration’s latest self-sabotage of faith in the vaccine. Here’s another, straight from Vice President Kamala Harris on Sunday night:
By vaccinating the unvaccinated, increasing our testing and masking, and protecting the vaccinated, we can end this pandemic. That’s exactly what we are committed to doing.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) September 12, 2021
According to the second-in-command, the plan for ending this pandemic is “By vaccinating the unvaccinated” and “protecting the vaccinated.”
“That’s exactly what we are committed to doing,” she said proudly. What? Presumably, the way to protect the unvaccinated is to vaccinate them. But according to Harris, the vaccinated also need protecting, probably in the form of more testing, more masking, and more “all in this together” transmission mitigating — which is exactly what we were doing before the vaccine, so why vaccinate?
Consider the same sort of curious mixed messaging from the president last week when he announced his plan for the Department of Labor to issue an invasive emergency overreach into every company of more than 100 employees that would require the jab or endless negative testing.
“We are going to protect the vaccinated workers from unvaccinated coworkers,” he declared in a video posted to Twitter, seemingly totally unaware that he destroyed the premise for getting the vaccine in the first place. If the vaccine does indeed protect those who have gotten it, why does he need to protect the vaccinated from the unvaccinated?
We are going to protect the vaccinated workers from unvaccinated coworkers. pic.twitter.com/QMuEz9ynis
— President Biden (@POTUS) September 10, 2021
None of these recent PR disasters are surprising, though. After all, this is the same president who wore a mask while far away from other people after being fully vaccinated on live television. This is the same vice president who said before the election that “if Donald Trump tells us that we should take [the vaccine], I’m not taking it.”
This is the same bureaucracy that lied about COVID-19 origins, rushed the vaccine’s Food and Drug Administration approval, and told the vaccinated that actually, yeah, they should keep wearing masks. This is the same administration that works with Big Tech to flag coronavirus news it doesn’t like as “misinformation” and tells low-income workers they must comply with vaccine mandates, jump through nonsensical hoops to prove they’re healthy, or else be fired.
Biden says his “patience is wearing thin” with those disobedient Americans who remain unvaccinated. But if the coronavirus shot is really that critical for the unvaxxed masses, the worst thing Biden and his administration can do is to keep talking. There were never as many reasons to distrust the vaccine as there are right now, and that’s on him.