White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki fell apart when asked to answer for why exactly the Biden admin has been so “unprepared” for the increased demand for COVID-19 testing as massive shortages and long wait times have become a problem across the nation.
Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy challenged Psaki directly over the issue during a press briefing on Monday which further exposed just how incompetent Biden and his team have been when it comes to handling the virus which Biden promised to “shut down.”
Doocy, who spent part of his own holiday isolating with COVID-19, said that he had followed President Biden’s advice — to “Google COVID test near me” — only to learn that testing centers were fully booked and no appointments were available.
“I heard the President say, ‘Google COVID tests near me.’ So, as somebody isolating with COVID, I did that, and the appointments everywhere were completely jammed. So, why is it you guys were so unprepared for the need for testing after the holidays?” Doocy asked.
“Well, Peter, I’m happy to see you back and well,” Psaki began. “I would second say that there has been a massive surge in cases — as you know and were a part of — in D.C. and New York. And there has been an unprecedented — and in other parts of the country as well — there’s been unprecedented demand for tests.”
“So what we have done over the course of the last few weeks and even before that, is the president quadrupled our testing capacity since the summer,” Psaki continued. “We opened 20,000 sites across the country and we’ve also opened additional federal sites, including one in D.C. only recently.”
Psaki continued, bragging about the president’s supposed promise to send out 50 million tests to Americans who need them, in addition to claiming he had secured contracts to procure additional test kits and making sure that more rapid tests were available and approved for emergency use.
Doocy pressed forward, arguing that patients needed to travel and then wait in line for a test — something that did not align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance advising those with symptoms to stay home. He referenced Biden’s promise to send out home test kits to Americans, asking again why the administration had not been better prepared to make that happen.
Psaki attempted to defend herself with a tactic the Biden admin has become all too comfortable using – claiming she would have an answer later – which will likely never come.
Doocy, however continued pressing her, “At the rate you guys are going, these tests are not going to be available until spring, so will you admit that these free tests you guys promised are not going to be ready until after the omicron surge?” he asked.
Doocy later asked whether the federal government would consider rolling back the vaccine mandate for federal employees — which included those employed by the U.S. Postal Service — if it meant they would retain more employees and could get test kits delivered to the American people faster.
Psaki’s response was that the Postal Service was ready and “eager to take on this challenge” without the mandate being rolled back.
Doocy’s final question was about the vaccines and whether, after a number of people including Doocy himself had tested positive despite being “triple-vaxxed,” Biden intended to continue calling the spread of COVID-19 a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.”
Psaki replied with the claim that such language was still warranted because, according to the White House, the severely ill were mostly unvaccinated while those who had gotten the vaccines had typically milder symptoms.
Author: Luis Terra