The White House signaled Thursday that President Joe Biden is willing to return to the draconian lockdowns and school closures of 2020 if the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention recommends them.
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Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre why Americans should trust Biden when he says the U.S. won’t return to pandemic-related lockdowns when he “also once said that we didn’t have to wear masks anymore once we were vaccinated.”
“Well, because we listen to the scientists, we listen to the expert[s],” said Jean-Pierre. “This is a public health situation. This is not about politics at all. This is about saving lives. And this is what the President is all about. He wants to make sure that we are saving lives. If you look at … the last six months, that’s what he’s done — every day — and you see that in the numbers. Now we’re at a point where we have to double down and make it very, very clear to people that we can’t, we can’t let the pandemic win. We have to continue to fight.”
Doocy followed up, asking the Biden spokeswoman if that meant that, “if scientists come to you at some point down the line and say, ‘It is our opinion that there should be shutdowns and there should be school closures,’ you would do that?”
“Well, we listen to — like I said — we listen to the CDC and the expert[s] and their guidance,” Jean-Pierre replied. “[T]he CDC is a body that is very well respected. And again, we follow their guidance.”
The press secretary’s comments come on the heels of the CDC’s recommendation that vaccinated and unvaccinated Americans alike return to wearing masks across a great deal of the country, where COVID-19 case surges are “high” or “substantial.”
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