With the economy in dire straights and global tensions on the rise, the only thing that President Joe Biden’s administration has seemingly not lost control of is the language. After playing with the meaning of words, the COVID response coordinator tried his hand at revisionist history with a subtle tweak on the president’s claim that “the pandemic is over.”
During Tuesday’s White House press briefing, Dr. Ashish Jha joined White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre to attempt to promote Americans continuing to line up for their never-ending booster regimen..
Among his questionable answers, Jha appeared to outright deny what Americans had heard plainly when Biden had been interviewed by “60 Minutes” Scott Pelley and said “the pandemic is over.”
When asked by a reporter, “Since the White House has now said the pandemic is over, can you just talk a little bit about what the message is for Americans as we head into the winter months?” Jha made a distinct word swap when he replied, “So the president was very clear: COVID is not over. There’s a lot of work to do.”
The message couldn’t have been clearer that as long as they could, the administration intended to continue to push COVID jabs to the American public. The doctor went on to say, “We still have 3- to 400 Americans dying every day, tens of thousands of people getting infected every day, there is a lot of work to do.”
“What we know is that if we want to keep people safe and protect them from serious illness, which is obviously priority number one, the number one thing that people need to do is get vaccinated,” he claimed before continuing to use the term “breakthrough infection” when it had been well-established the shots do not protect against transmission. “And the number two is if you have a breakthrough infection, you need to get treated.”
“If people did those two things, it would make an enormous difference in preventing hospitalizations, preventing ICU stays, preventing deaths. And those are the top priorities,” he went on.
Whether by design or ineptitude, the administration showed they learned nothing from one-size-fits-all policies when Jha also offered a non-answer on how the COVID shot impacts menstrual cycles.
He only acknowledged a single study he claimed was the “most definitive” without addressing other studies that found dramatic adverse reactions for women.
“So, on that study, it affected, for the first cycle—affected the menstrual cycle by one day. And then—and then women’s menstrual cycle—menstrual cycles returned back to normal. So there was a lot of—and that was—has been the most definitive study suggesting there are no significant long-term impacts on the health of women or their reproductive health,” he argued.
The wordplay was an advancement over Jha’s last attempt to cover for Biden’s failure to sell the jabs when he had said bluntly, “The pandemic isn’t over. And we will remain vigilant, and, of course, we continue to look for and prepare for unforeseen twists and turns.”
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Jha went on to mention during Tuesday’s briefing that funding to purchase more shots had dried up and the onus was on Congress to “step up again,” before claiming, “it is undoubtedly true that congressional inaction has put the health and wellbeing of American people at risk.”
As had been previously noted when the average number of deaths per week from COVID was 2,500 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Jha offered no details on whether his 3- to 400 daily death estimate distinguished between those dying from COVID and those dying with COVID.
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