White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Tuesday President Joe Biden’s administration would support states going back into lockdown.
Psaki’s admission comes as the so-called “Delta variant” of COVID-19 is spreading across the country, with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimating it will soon account for more than 50% of new cases.
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“States are going to have to make evaluations and local communities are going to have to make evaluations about what’s in their interest,” said Psaki. “And, as you know, there are much higher rates of vaccinations in some parts of the country over others, and we certainly support their decisions to implement any measures that they think will help their communities.”
Her comments come on the heels of new data released by Israel’s health minister showing that the Pfizer vaccination against COVID-19 is less effective at preventing an infection with the “Delta variant” of the virus.
During the same press conference, Psaki announced the White House will be pushing an initiative to go door-to-door to get Americans inoculated.
Biden, for his part, echoed that same message.
“We need to go community-by-community, neighborhood-by-neighborhood, and oft times, door-to-door, literally knocking on doors to get people vaccinated,” he said.
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