President Biden’s ‘Pandemic of the Unvaccinated’ Narrative Falls Apart as Omicron Cases Skyrocket
By Jessica Chasmar, Fox News // January 4, 2022
President Biden on Dec. 14: This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated
ABOVE VIDEO: President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris meet with members of the White House COVID-19 Response Team on the latest developments related to the Omicron variant.
(FOX NEWS) – For months, President Biden has characterized the continued spread of the coronavirus as a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” and repeatedly claimed that vaccinated people cannot spread the virus, contradicting what his own Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been saying since at least April.
“This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” the president told Ohio’s WHIO TV 7 on Dec. 14. “The unvaccinated. Not the vaccinated, the unvaccinated. That’s the problem. Everybody talks about freedom and not to have a shot or have a test. Well guess what? How about patriotism? How about making sure that you’re vaccinated, so you do not spread the disease to anyone else.”
But the CDC has been warning about breakthrough COVID-19 infections for the better part of 2021, issuing an update in April that said, “People can still get sick and possibly spread COVID-19 to others after being fully vaccinated.”
During the outbreak of the delta variant over the summer, the CDC updated its guidance for fully vaccinated people, saying they should wear masks in crowded indoor areas because of the high transmissibility of the variant. While the COVID-19 vaccines can prevent severe illness, hospitalizations and death, breakthrough infections still can and do occur, the CDC said.
“Infections in fully vaccinated people (breakthrough infections) happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant,” the July 27 guidance said. “However, preliminary evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people who do become infected with the Delta variant can be infectious and can spread the virus to others.”
The same is true, or maybe even more so, with the new omicron variant, which is even more transmissible than the delta variant. An ABC News analysis last month of federal and state data revealed that there has been an acceleration of the number of breakthrough coronavirus cases since July.
“CDC expects that anyone with Omicron infection can spread the virus to others, even if they are vaccinated or don’t have symptoms,” the CDC said Dec. 20.
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