President Biden routinely promised on the campaign trail that he would “关掉” the virus if elected and regularly asserted it was former 特朗普总统的 ineptitude that “caused the country to have to shut down in large part,” often claiming his administration would take care of the pandemic more efficiently. 然而, as the omicron variant has spread throughout the country, CBS News reporter Ed O’Keefe took notice that many issues have only gotten worse.
“Cases are rising across the country. Tests are hard to come by in many places, or there is long lines for them. Schools are closing again or having to go virtual and that’s not because of the weather, in some parts of the country, but because of the pandemic. There is a sense among many that the country has lost control over the virus,” O’Keefe said before asking, “Would the White House agree with that?”
Psaki quickly shot back, “We would not.”
“We’re in a very different place than we were a year ago, 埃德. 200 million people are vaccinated. Those are people who are protected, seriously protected from illness and death from the virus. We have also just purchased the largest over-the-counter purchase of tests in history,” 普萨基说. “That builds on the fact that we have already distributed 50 million tests back in December to rural health center, to community health centers, the fact that we have 20,000 sites across the country where you can get free tests, the fact that next week people can get reimbursed for their tests, and we are going to continue to build on that.”
Psaki then declared “97% of schools are open” 和拜登 “wants schools to be open” despite a surge in COVID cases across the nation.
“He advocated for $ 130 million in the American Rescue Plan and $ 10 billion to cover testing, even when many people said that was not necessary and was not needed,” 普萨基说. “That has all been distributed to states. If states have not used it, and some have not, and school districts have not used it, now is the time to use it. So I would note that we have taken steps to prepare for any contingency, any moment, and we’re working to implement and build on that from here.”