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A Biden Lockdown On The Way?

Joe Biden says "probably" not.

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Liz Peek details Joe Biden’s lack of mental clarity, possible plans for a national lockdown and vaccine failures.

Peek: At a recent address announcing new steps to stop the spread of COVID-19, a reporter reminded Joe Biden that he said not long ago, “If you are fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask.”

The president’s response? “I never said that.” But, as the reporter reaffirmed, he did. He also told us in recent weeks: “The virus is on the run.” With COVID-19 infections surging 250% from the low point recorded in June, it sure doesn’t seem that way.

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Americans are anxious. Everyone wonders: Does the vaccine work against the fast-spreading delta variant? Are all vaccines equally effective? Should we be taking another dose? If fully vaccinated people are protected against COVID-19, how is it that so many people in the news – John Rahm, Olympic athletes, Democrats from Texas, White House aides –are coming down with the virus?

Will we have to shut down the economy again The emergence of the delta variant has put the president and our medical authorities on their back foot. Their messaging on everything from masking to the efficacy of the vaccines has been confused and erratic.

Finally, this week, President Biden spoke about the spike in infections, telling Americans: “The vaccines may not prevent you from getting sick, but they are the best weapon available to keep you out of the hospital and will almost certainly prevent you from dying. We will probably not need to shut down businesses, but the odds of our recovery continuing improve dramatically as more people become vaccinated.

A booster shot may evolve that would enhance protections against current and future strains of the coronavirus. But, your best bet now is to get vaccinated. Today. The 7-day average of new cases of roughly 40,000 is rising fast, but we are not even close to the peak recorded earlier this year of more than 250,000. Because the vaccines work, deaths and hospitalizations have increased only slightly.”

What took him so long? More important, why hasn’t he been more successful in convincing Americans to get the vaccines? Joe Biden had one job to do when he took office in January. He didn’t need to boost the economy; it was already growing at 6%. He didn’t need to strengthen our border; Trump had done that.

No – all President Biden needed to do was to make sure that enough Americans were vaccinated to staunch the spread of Covid-19. Getting people to take the shot was priority number one, essential to reopening businesses, starting up schools and getting people back to work. Essential to life going back to normal.

He failed to do that…During the campaign last year, candidate Joe Biden called out President Trump for “incompetence and dishonesty” in how he managed COVID-19. The media is protecting President Biden from such charges today, but polling shows the American people are becoming less forgiving.  For good reason.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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