White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha encouraged Americans on Tuesday to get an updated COVID shot as soon as possible.
Jha went so far as to tout the ability to get the vaccine shot at the same time as the flu shot — after all, he said, God gave you two arms. Seriously.
“The good news is you can get both your flu shot and COVID shot at the same time. It’s actually a good idea,” Jha said. “I really believe this is why God gave us two arms, one for the flu shot and the other one for the COVID shot.”
The eyebrow-raising remark came during a briefing that also featured Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Rochelle Walensky of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, with Jha noting that the Food and Drug Administration just approved new 12 and up vaccines designed to fight the now prevalent omicron variant.
“For the first time since December of 2020, these vaccines, our vaccines, have caught up with the virus,” he touted, according to Fox News.
“So, barring any new variant curveballs — we’ve seen curveballs — but barring those variant curveballs for a large majority of Americans, we are moving to a point where a single annual COVID shot should provide a high degree of protection against serious illness all year,” Jha said. “That’s an important milestone.”
All of this coming from an administration led by President Joe Biden, who screamed like a banshee on Monday about beating Big Pharma while speaking at a Labor Day event in Milwaukee:
Biden’s COVID Coordinator today: “I really believe this is why God gave us two arms— one for the flu shot and the other one for the COVID shot!”
Biden yesterday: “WE BEAT PHARMA!” pic.twitter.com/2dE7mlMRt2
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) September 6, 2022
He repeated the talking point while speaking later in the day at a Pittsburgh union rally:
The president’s claim is a reference to several provisions in the so-called Inflation Reduction Act that does double duty as a massive spending bill, which lowers prescription drug costs for people with Medicare and reduces drug spending by the federal government.
Keep in mind that pharmaceutical industry donors contributed $6.3 million to Biden’s 2020 campaign, nearly four times more money than they gave to Trump, according to the fact-checking site Repustar.
Nonetheless, with the current vaccine having proven to be less than advertised and growing reports about young people experiencing sudden health emergencies, it’s safe to say that skepticism about vaccines is also growing.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
Jha has two arms, one for Pfizer cash and one for government cash.
And his elitism clearly believes Americans are this stupid.
— Kevin McKernan 🙂 (@Kevin_McKernan) September 6, 2022
It’s also why we were given a brain….so we could use our judgement when being fed utter BS!
— Emma Kenny (@emmakennytv) September 7, 2022
So I guess that means God gave us a middle finger to send Dr. Jha a message.
— Famous Economist Milton Keynes (@FamousMilton) September 6, 2022
Nonetheless, I think I’ll wait until they finish the human trials on these vaccines.
— Oslowe Knownas (@Osloweknownas) September 6, 2022
Bad joke. Really awful. 🤮
— Rohit Sharma (@DcWalaDesi) September 6, 2022
— Choose Common Sense (@ChooseCommon) September 6, 2022
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