Joe Biden was swept into office on the promise that he would “shut down the virus.”
But after issuing a number of unlawful federal vaccine mandates (that he promised he would never issue), he is backtracking with a new declaration: There is no “federal solution” to Covid.
“Look, there is no federal solution,” he said on a call to state governors. “This gets solved at state level … and that ultimately gets down to where the rubber meets the road, and that’s where the patient is in need of help — or preventing the need for help,” Biden said in the beginning of his remarks.
He added, “My message to the governors is simple: if you need something, say something. We’re going to have your back in any way we can.”
It was Biden’s first time joining the weekly call convened between his Covid team and state leaders, CNN notes. It comes a week after he laid out a plan to ramp up testing and vaccinations.
“The new steps, which included ordering 500 million at-home rapid tests that Americans can obtain for free, came too late to avoid disruptions to winter holiday plans,” CNN reported. “Thousands of flights were canceled as airline staff tested positive. Many Americans downsized their plans amid the viral spread. Biden’s new tests, and the website where Americans can order them, won’t be in place until next month, the White House has said.”
Biden admitting that there is no federal solution to the Covid pandemic is a step in the right direction. Free states like Florida and Texas have experienced superior economic and social outcomes to those of lockdown and mask-obsessed states like New York and New Jersey.
New York City, for example, is seeing a massive surge in “cases” despite lockdowns, mask mandates for even the vaccinated, and ‘vaccine passports.’
Over 25% of America's positive COVID cases are in NYC? I feel like this story would be framed differently if it were Florida. pic.twitter.com/M9LEpWKm7h
— Karol Markowicz (@karol) December 27, 2021
Meanwhile, in Florida, cases are surging also, but the death rates are still way down from September.
As the “general mild” Omicron variant, which has been compared to the Common Cold, continues to spread, so will Natural Immunity from prior infections. The vaccination rates for the elderly, who are most at risk from the virus, is already between 90% and 95% in most states. There is “no federal solution” to Covid, but Nature and the American people are solving the issue themselves.