(PresidentialWire.com)- After consistently touting how good the COVID-19 vaccines are, the White House took an interesting hide tactic late last week.
On Friday, officials at the White House wouldn’t release a number for the breakthrough infections that happened among vaccinated staff members at the White House. Earlier in the week, one aide tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated.
A breakthrough infection is labeled as when a person who is fully vaccinated still contracts COVID-19. It’s data that’s being tracked and shared across the country, but not at the federal level, especially at the White House, apparently.
On Friday, Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said that information wasn’t important enough to share with the public. How that’s justifiable is anyone’s guess.
This is the same White House that’s trying to get more Americans to get a COVID-19 vaccine and also warning about the severity of the Delta variant, which is now the most dominant in the U.S. and is proving to be the most contagious.
Psaki’s response to why she wouldn’t share the information was only that those who had a breakthrough infection were less likely to die or get severely sick from the disease.
In her Friday press briefing, she said:
“As many medical experts have said, inside and outside of the government, those who are vaccinated are protected from serious illness. Most are asymptomatic if they are individuals who are vaccinated.”
She doubled down by trying to say the country is “in a different place now” than it was even six months ago, when the Biden administration’s vaccination plan was just starting to really roll out. A reporter continued to press, though, prompting Psaki to oddly ask:
“Why do you need to have that information?”
The reported responded:
“[For] transparency, in the interest of the public, and a better understanding of how breakthrough cases work here at the White House.”
Seems reasonable enough.
Instead of releasing the numbers, though, Psaki deflected. She said only that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would be working with health departments of states and territories to investigate all breakthrough infections.
As of Thursday last week, the CDC said 56.4% of all Americans have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose. The Biden administration had a goal of 70% by July 4, which it obviously fell well short of. Only 48.8% of all Americans were fully vaccinated as of last Thursday.
The incident that prompted the questioning — and evasion — was the fact that an official at the White House and an aide for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi both tested positive for COVID-19 after they both attended an event together. Both of the people were also fully vaccinated.
The CDC says the vaccines provide great protection. However, they aren’t 100% effective at preventing infection, even among those who are fully vaccinated.
They keep on going back to the fact that if someone were to get infected after being fully vaccinated, they’d be much less likely to fall seriously ill or die.