ABC’s Martha Raddatz frets ‘people aren’t listening’ to renewed White House Covid-19 boosters blitz

Sounding perhaps more like a sales rep for Big Pharma or a publicist for Dr. Anthony Fauci rather than a journalist, ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz lamented the American public’s apparent decision to tune out the so-called experts when it comes to another COVID jab.

On Sunday’s “This Week,” Raddatz introduced the segment with Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, by noting that the Biden administration is rolling out another publicity blitz to try to convince people to get the booster.

“You heard Dr. Fauci, the administration is launching a new campaign urging people to get those flu shots, get those COVID boosters, but I think only about 11 percent have gotten the booster so far, maybe 42 million the flu shot; we’ve talked about this so many times. People aren’t listening — what do you do?,” a very concerned Raddatz wondered.

The government physician offered the bemoaning Raddatz what he considered some glad tidings if Americans are willing to refurbish their immunity.

“I really think when you look historically, people tend to get their flu shot in November and December, into January. I think we’re gonna see a lot more people getting vaccinated in the upcoming weeks. This is why we’re launching the campaign we are right now because we think it’s incredibly important, as we head into the holidays, for people to update their immunity, get the new COVID vaccine, get the flu shot. It’s a great way to stay safe and healthy this holiday season,” he said.

Raddatz then referenced a UCLA study “that says that adult flu vaccination rates have declined in states where COVID vaccination rates are also low.”

With that in mind, she floated a premise that vaccine hesitancy is also impacting flu shot acceptance.

According to Dr. Jha, it’s all good, and thought leaders just need to influence their followers to go along with the safe and effective injection.

“So, look, here’s what we know: We know these vaccines first of all are incredibly effective; they’re very safe. So that’s point number one. I think point number two is we know people get vaccinated when they hear it from trusted voices. So our strategy is get out into the community, talk to religious leaders, talk to civil society leaders, community-based organizations. Have them get out into the community and talk to people. I really believe if we do that, and we continue pursuing that strategy, more and more Americans are gonna get vaccinated,” Jha explained.

Earlier this month, an article published in the Washington Post, the very liberal, corporate media establishment publication owned by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos claimed, in part, that “Fifty-eight percent of coronavirus deaths in August were people who were vaccinated or boosted, according to an analysis conducted for The Health 202 by Cynthia Cox, vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation.”

The outlet went on to assert the following:

“It’s a continuation of a troubling trend that has emerged over the past year. As vaccination rates have increased and new variants appeared, the share of deaths of people who were vaccinated has been steadily rising…Being unvaccinated is still a major risk factor for dying from covid-19. But efficacy wanes over time, and an analysis out last week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights the need to get regular booster shots to keep one’s risk of death from the coronavirus low, especially for the elderly.”


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