For cripes sake. Rochelle Walensky, the new CDC director, said what she said about teachers not needing to be vaccinated at a White House briefing!
Remember that time Trump humiliated his own CDC chief, Robert Redfield, by “correcting” him during a press conference? Redfield had testified that the vaccines wouldn’t be widely available until sometime in the middle of 2021. Trump didn’t like that because he was hoping to parlay vaccine optimism into some extra votes on Election Day so he accused Redfield of having been confused about the timeline.
What’s the difference between that and what Jen Psaki’s spent the past few days doing to Walensky? Walensky told reporters yesterday — again, during a White House briefing — that schools could be made safe for teachers without vaccinating them. Which, I thought, jibed with Biden’s own policy. Sleepy Joe wants gobs of money for schools to improve safety measures in his new COVID package because he knows it’ll be months before all of America’s teachers are vaccinated and we don’t have months to get kids back to class. His own administration has said it wants K-8 open for business within his first 100 days. That’s what the money’s for, to convince reluctant teachers and their union reps that schools have the financial ammo they need to protect them in class.