Biden Seems Unaware That Vaccinated People Can Still Spread COVID

US President Joe Biden speaking in Illinois.

In Brief

  • The Facts:
    • During a speech in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, Joe Biden made it clear he did not know vaccinated people can still spread COVID.

    • The CDC has announced on numerous occasions that the vaccinated can be just as infectious as the unvaccinated.

  • Reflect On:
    • Are we so divided on issues pertaining to COVID because the various forms of media people consume are producing such different messages?

    • With the mainstream having the power to label what is 'right and wrong,' even if it is unclear, can we really say they are providing balanced and objective stories?

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President Joe Biden gave a speech in Elk Grove Village, Illinois on Oct 7th, 2021. There, Biden urged the country’s employers to mandate vaccine requirements in an attempt to get the United States out of the COVID-19 pandemic. In his speech, Biden said,

“If you seek care at a healthcare facility, you should have a certainty that the people providing that care are protected from COVID and cannot spread it to you.”

– Joe Biden

This statement was used while urging a large portion of still unvaccinated healthcare workers to be vaccinated before they lose their job, as recent mandates require healthcare workers to follow strict vaccine mandates. As seen by his statements, Biden does not seem to be aware that those vaccinated can still get and spread COVID – a fact that is virtually common knowledge by now.

CDC director Rochelle Walensky has acknowledged on numerous occasions that the vaccinated can indeed become infected and be as infectious as those unvaccinated. In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Walensky said,

“Our vaccines are working exceptionally well. They continue to work well for Delta with regard to severe illness and death – they prevent it, but what they can’t do anymore is prevent transmission,

– CDC Director Rochelle Walensky

Walensky is correct about vaccines reducing severe infection, but thus far the data suggests that benefit may only last 6 or 7 months. As The Pulse has investigated, Israel’s COVID-19 tracking system indicates that after 6 months, the rate of severe infection and hospitalization amongst the vaccinated is equivalent to that of the unvaccinated when it comes to the Pfizer vaccine. This is why booster shots have become a strong recommendation.

Why This Is Important

One of the major challenges during COVID has been massive disagreements amongst the populace resulting in tension and friction around measures like masks, vaccine mandates, and lockdowns.

This has occurred because those who watch mainstream media get one version of what’s happening with the pandemic, while those seeking out independent media get another version. The truth is, there is more variety and a wider breadth of discussion on the independent side. Audiences have access to a wider range of expert perspectives which explore COVID data with more nuance and exploration. Perhaps this is because Big Pharma does not pay the bills of independent news stations, but does for mainstream media.

Mainstream media counterparts keep the message vague and simple, focusing on driving fear through case numbers and ridiculing perspectives that are different from their own. For example, instead of a balanced discussion around treatment options like Ivermectin, the mainstream has gone onto suggest its potential use is nothing more than ‘misleading information,’ and took a lockstep approach in calling the drug a ‘horse dewormer.’ This was an obvious form of propaganda.

Biden not being aware of basic facts around COVID, or perhaps simply making statements as he has, continues to be part of how the public becomes misinformed. This is a big problem. I stated the following in a previous article about strict COVID measures ,

“My sense is that the average person who would support such measures is likely not aware of facts like: the likelihood of false positives from PCR tests is around 50%, the fact that vaccination only offers protection from severe infection for 6 to 7 months, that children are more at risk from the seasonal flu than COVID, that it’s exceedingly rare for children to spread COVID to others, there are several viable treatments for COVID, and that the chances of hospitalization if infected by COVID is extremely low.”

As I’ve discussed in the past through an essay called The Unseen Damages Fact Checking Has On Public Discourse, we sit at an important moment where the information landscape is dramatically polluted, and powerful figures are seeking to capitalize on mass confusion. This lack of clarity around what is happening in our world is causing very real and tangible problems in our day to day lives.

It’s up to people to begin seeing this, finding ways to improve how we navigate information, and most importantly, learn to better communicate with one another. Government is not going to suddenly become transparent, nor will Big Pharma or health authorities. The conflicts of interest are too great, and there is too much to lose for these institutions.

People – the masses – are responsible for creating the solution in this case. That change will come from within. In a very practical sense, that solution comes down to being open to questioning our narratives, being curious, and exploring our bias’. The more we become aware of how we think and feel about things, the more we won’t be duped by poor journalism.

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