President Joe Biden entered the White House with a huge gift from his predecessor: COVID vaccines produced in record time and were administered to Americans at a rate of nearly one million shots a day. But instead of bringing the nation across the finish line, the new president’s leadership has proven to be a drag for progress in feeding vaccine resistance.
In particular, the Fed’s sudden, evidence-ignoring 10-day suspension of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine did serious damage to vaccine hesitation. A poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation just found that 20 percent of unvaccinated adults changed their minds about getting jabbed because of the break. Doubts were even stronger in some demographics: 39 percent of Spanish women said the suspension changed their views.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration suspended J&J after learning only six cases of severe blood clots among the 7 million Americans who had contracted jab.
This was not science, but extremely risk-averse bureaucrats who ignored the overwhelming benefits to the public of the distant fear that they might be criticized.
Critics of President Donald Trump said approving even a single vaccine by the end of 2020 would be a miracle, but Operation Warp Speed delivered two jabs with a third on the way ̵
But Biden has other priorities; he could not even be bothered by trying to undo the injury from the J&J break. On the day it was announced, April 13, he gave two public speeches: one at a congress tribute to a slain Capitol police officer and one in the oval office before his meeting with congressmen in the Black Caucus – on a favorite topic, “equity “.
“When we took office,” he said, “I signed the executive order – every single aspect of our government, including any agency, has as its primary focus to deal with equity. Not a joke. ”
During his campaign, Biden said his highest priority would be the COVID crisis. Instead, it turned out to be a dangerous game to try to introduce equality with the outcome.
Heck, if he was really interested in equity, he would focus on increasing confidence in and distribution of the vaccines – African Americans have been jabbed at much lower prices than whites.
Following Biden’s remarks, a reporter asked him about the J&J break – which gave him a chance to show leadership and calm the nation’s nerves over wax.
That’s what British Prime Minister Boris Johnson did when the European Union panicked over a similar blood clot problem with AstraZeneca’s vaccine and urged everyone to follow the advice of the British regulator, who rightly said the benefits of the shot far outweigh the risks. “The best of all is to vaccinate our people, get everyone out of jab, that’s the key, and that’s what I would recommend, number one,” he declared.
In deep contrast, Biden pointed out: “My message to the American people about the vaccine is – I told you all: I made sure we have 600 million doses of MRI – not by either Johnson & Johnson and / or AstraZeneca. So there is enough vaccine that is pretty much 100% undeniable for every single lonely American. ”
In fact, the nation’s supreme leader suggested that one of the FDA – approved vaccines was “questionable.” No wonder confidence in all the shots has dropped.
But Biden fails on a larger scale with behaviors that say, “This crisis will last forever.”
Why? An eternal crisis justifies his attempt to permanently expand the government and lock in democratic dominance. Unfortunately, it seems to matter more to this president than the health of the nation.