WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s administration is taking aggressive action against politicians who spread misinformation about coronavirus vaccines and who criticize house-to-house efforts to vaccinate the population.
For months the Biden administration has avoided criticizing Republicans who have tried to downplay the importance of vaccines, but at a time when the vaccination campaign is sluggish, the White House is fighting about injections against those trying to sow fear. Used to be.
When South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster tried to curb a door-to-door campaign to increase vaccination rates in his state, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki asserted:
“The refusal to provide valid public health information like the effectiveness and accessibility of vaccines is literally causing deaths across the country, including in South Carolina, so maybe they should think about that,” Saki said.
Early in the Biden administration, the White House generally refrained from criticizing state or local officials for their handling of the pandemic, to avoid friction and politicizing public health.
But the tone recently changed when Republican politicians criticized Biden for calling a door-to-door campaign to disseminate information about the vaccine, in the hopes it would increase vaccination rates.
“We have to go from community to community, neighborhood to neighborhood and even sometimes door to door, literally knocking on doors to help the missing,” the president said.
But some Republican politicians protested, including McMaster, Ohio Representative Jim Jordan, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, and Arizona Attorney General Mark Branovich.
“To the individuals and organizations that are spreading misinformation and trying to defame this door-to-door work: I think they are doing a bad service to the nation, doctors, religious leaders, Bad service to community leaders and others who are trying to promote vaccination to save lives and end this pandemic,” said Jeff Ziants, the White House’s coordinator for pandemic issues.