With Biden’s vaccination plan, politics is in full control
It is impossible for politics not to be at the forefront at a time like Covid, when voters are drowning in fear, when politicians know that their career survival is at risk with every decision they make.
We often want politicians to be concerned with the impact of their words, not just their scientific accuracy, because their words can make things happen in the world.
In such circumstances, “Follow Science” is a political statement that contains many ironies.
Because of this, even large news agencies have become realistic about the politicization of booster shots within the Biden administration. While it deserves its own column, the same goes for promoting masking as a back-to-school solution: this is mainly a prophylaxis for politicians against a perhaps inevitable wave of Covid this fall.
Axios, the news source with an elitist-conformist bias, doesn’t say a word about the latest initiative, Joe Biden’s sweeping new vaccine mandates: “They are a strategic effort as he watched his own approval numbers slide underwater in the last month to change frustrations that the cases of Delta variants rise to the millions who have either actively or passively refused the shot and other precautionary measures. “
Mr Biden plays with the trained willingness of Democratic media consumers to believe that Trump voters are opposed to vaccination.
He’s playing with the left’s ongoing “zero covid” craze, which embraced “herd immunity” as soon as vaccines became available and Trump voters could be portrayed as the ultimate obstacle to eradicating Covid from Earth.
He hopes you are making incorrect assumptions: our vaccines are unfortunately not sterilizing – they don’t prevent infection, but they reduce the risk of serious illness and death. This weakens the argument that not vaccinating others is a threat to you and of course negates the zero covid dream.
Most importantly, he’s whipping up a gap between vaccinated and unvaccinated people that just makes little sense at this point. Last week, read the blog post from the head of the National Institutes of Health, Francis Collins, in mock surprise that a study funded by his agency found that at least 100 million Americans were infected by December 2020, five times the official figure.
In the meantime, 150 million people have probably had Covid-19. And just as we are only now learning about the strength and duration of vaccinated immunity, we are also learning about natural immunity, including how it can vary with the severity of your Covid infection.
Why is that important? Since Covid occurs far more frequently in our population than our bogus media were ready to report, our situations are no longer all the same. A reader who has had Covid, is at low risk due to age, and shares a medical anomaly that resulted in people like him being banned from vaccine trials, says he is staying unvaccinated for the time being because he has no way of knowing if it will improve his risks would .
A reader in his 80s who survived a bout of Covid and later had mysterious heart problems is now struggling to get a recommended third shot.
One size doesn’t fit all, but we know that “the elderly are still responsible for most of the Covid-19 deaths,” as the New York Times recently rediscovered. More than 85% of eligible people aged 65 and over have been vaccinated; there are only a few million left. Persuasion targeting this group would give us a real impact on deaths and hospitalizations if we wanted to. We’re not going to get it from Mr. Biden’s attempted coercion of 75 million unvaccinated Americans who are now a mélange as if they are all the same anti-science knowledge.
His approach is wedge politics. It will provoke confrontation with Red State governors and old-school bourgeois libertarians. It will stir up anti-vax fools portrayed as common GOP personalities. It doesn’t in the least bit like a strategy you would follow if your goal was to improve Covid results quickly and efficiently.
It is long time to stop lying about the Biden government. The political calendar, with midterms still a year away and three years away in 2024, is why he wanted a quick and dirty exit from Afghanistan while still taking advantage of his honeymoon privilege to put all the blame on his predecessors.
His vaccine announcement is more a chunk of his recurring practice of whipping up the “white racist threat” to distract the left than any useful approach to improving Covid outcomes.
In terms of political cynicism, the Biden government is not above average; it is perhaps a little less than what you might expect from a politician with the history and character of Mr Biden.
Journal Editorial Report: Paul Gigot interviews Dr. Marty Makary from Johns Hopkins. Image: Bloomberg
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