Friday, September 30, 2022

White House press secretary: ‘We’re not going to shut down our economy or our schools’

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday that the US economy would not be shut down.

“It’s not March 2020 or January 2021. We’re not going to shut down our economy or our schools because our country is in a much stronger position than it was when we took office,” Saki told reporters in Washington. “

He credited President Joe Biden’s “leadership in vaccinating the American people and bringing economic relief to those who need it.”

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have increased across the country in recent weeks, a rise officials have attributed to the delta version of the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus, which causes COVID-19.

While some teacher unions have recently called for all virtual classes to be held at the start of the upcoming school year, and many states and counties have reimposed mask mandates and implemented vaccine validation requirements, the United States America isn’t ready to go into the lockdown it did last year, Saki said.

“We are not going back. We are not turning back the clock,” she said.

The US government is preparing for the potential for the virus to evolve and become more difficult to deal with.

“We are preparing, like the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, for this moment and our recovery is likely to have ups and downs, ups and downs as we fight the virus, and that is why many programs start from this summer. were designed to extend beyond several months,” Saki told reporters.

Psaki made the contrasting remarks at a briefing last month to states when asked whether the White House would attempt to reimpose tougher restrictions because of the pandemic.

But she said Biden would support the states if they went into lockdown again.

Psaki’s new message echoed one offered over the weekend by Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top medical adviser to Biden.

Fauci said on ABC on Sunday that the Delta version would only make things worse.

But, he added, “I don’t think we’re going to see a lockdown.”

“I think we have a sufficient percentage of people in the country, not enough to crush the outbreak, but I believe we should not let the situation we were in last winter,” he said. Said, referring to the number of people who have been vaccinated against the CCP virus.

Earlier on Friday, Biden cited statistics that more than 70 percent of adults age 18 or older have received at least one COVID-19 dose.

Vaccines were developed during the Trump administration, but efforts to vaccinate Americans intensified after Biden took office.

Biden also warned of the Delta version, urging people to get vaccinated to protect themselves against it, but said the economic toll won’t be as bad this time as last year, when millions lost their jobs amid lockdowns. was given.

“America can beat the Delta version just as we beat the original COVID-19,” he said in remarks made in Washington. “We can do it. So wear a mask when recommended. Get vaccinated today. It’ll save all lives and means we’re not going to suffer the kind of economic damage that we saw when COVID-19 started.” “

According to the president, schools have the resources to reopen safely.

Biden later hinted at new rules under consideration, after requiring federal workers to show proof of vaccination or wear masks and socially distance at work.

“There will be many more in the coming days,” he said.

Zachary Steber covers US news including politics and court cases. He started out as a New York City subway reporter at The Epoch Times.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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