- Jen Psaki was asked about President Joe Biden’s characterization of the “unvaccinated pandemic”.
- Fox News’ Peter Doocy suggested this was inaccurate because vaccinated people could still be infected.
- PSAKI said unvaccinated people were much more likely to be hospitalized or die from COVID-19 if infected.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki clashed with a Fox News reporter on Monday over President Joe Biden’s characterization of the COVID-19 crisis as an “unvaccinated pandemic”.
Peter Doocy, who returned to the White House briefing room on Monday after recovering from a coronavirus infection, suggested that Biden characterization of the pandemic did not take into account the high number of fully vaccinated Americans who had contracted the virus.
“I understand that science says vaccines prevent death. But I’m triple vaxxed, I still have COVID. You’re triple vaxxed, still COVID,” Doocy told Psaki, referring to when the fully vaccinated press officer contracted the virus in October. . “Why is the president still talking about the unvaccinated pandemic?”
PSAKI said unvaccinated people infected with the coronavirus were much more likely to be hospitalized or die from COVID-19 than those who had been vaccinated.
“I had been triple vaxxed,” Psaki said, meaning she received two doses of the vaccine and a booster. “I had minor symptoms. There’s a huge difference between that and not being vaccinated.”
the The CDC also found that until the end of October, unvaccinated people in the United States were 10 times more likely to test positive for the virus than people who had received a booster dose.
“These are important and serious statistics,” she added. “So yes, the impact for unvaccinated people is much more severe than for those who are vaccinated.”
Doocy continued to press Psaki on Biden’s messaging.
“Will the President update his language at some point to better reflect that people who are triply vaccinated are catching and spreading COVID?” He asked.
PSAKI said the White House had made it clear that vaccinated people could still test positive for the coronavirus, reiterating the “significant difference” between the unvaccinated and the vaccinated in terms of the severity of COVID-19.
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Biden has Many times called the public health crisis a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” and pointed to significantly worse health outcomes among unvaccinated people. COVID-19 vaccines have been widely available to Americans in most age groups for months, but about 15% of adults in the United States were still unvaccinated two weeks ago, The New York Times reported.
Monday’s exchange came as the United States faced an increase in COVID-19 cases caused by the highly contagious variant of Omicron. The daily average of newly admitted COVID-19 inpatients for the week ending Jan. 4 was 16,458, according to the CDC. The CDC says vaccination is the best way to prevent serious illness and death from the virus.