By Nickie Louise
As of today, a total of 336 million doses of vaccines have been administered. Of that figure, a total of 160 million Americans have been fully vaccinated representing 48.9% of the total population, a number that is short of the 70 percent target goal set for July 4 by the Biden administration.
The administration now believes Covid misinformation is partly to blame for the vaccine hesitancy. On Thursday, Biden’s Surgeon General Vivek Murthy called on big tech companies and social media platforms to censor ‘misinformation’ related to COVID-19 and vaccines. Murthy also used his first formal advisory to deliver a strongly worded critical attack against tech and social media companies.
Then on Friday, when asked what message he has for platforms like Facebook, President Biden responded, “They’re killing people.” Echoing similar comments made earlier in the day by Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Biden continued:
“Look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated.”
However, is it true that only the unvaccinated are contracting covid-19? There are numerous cases of vaccinated people getting the virus even after they were vaccinated. In addition, data from Public Health England showed that more vaccinated people actually died of the Delta variant in the UK than the unvaccinated. The death rate is 8.45 times higher for the vaccinated than the unvaccinated.
Below is a Twitter video of Biden’s statement.
It didn’t end there. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki also said on Friday that people banned on one social media platform for misinformation should also be banned on every social media platform.
Commenting on steps social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter could take for public health, Psaki said that they “create robust enforcement strategies that bridge their properties and provide transparency about rules.”
“You shouldn’t be banned from one platform and not others if you are for providing misinformation out there,” Psaki added.
The First on Twitter: “Psaki says if you’re banned on one social media platform you should be banned on every social media platform. pic.twitter.com/NinW97xU2z / Twitter”
Psaki says if you’re banned on one social media platform you should be banned on every social media platform. pic.twitter.com/NinW97xU2z