If you had any doubts that a Biden administration would take a different approach to coronavirus messaging than Trump, here’s your answer.
While the Trump administration appeared to value a calming and optimistic approach to public statements on the virus, Dr. Michael Osterholm, a member of former Vice President Joe Biden’s coronavirus task force, just predicted that hospitals will be “collapsing in the next two to three weeks.”
That’s a hysterical claim that isn’t backed up by the evidence. It’s pretty much the definition of fear-mongering. A quick look at the CDC data shows that while the US appears to be experiencing a “third wave,” both hospitalizations and mortality are lower than in the spring, when hospitals were less prepared than they are now for surges in demand. And despite hysterical media coverage in the spring, the hospital system did not collapse.
That hasn’t stopped the usual suspects, like California Gov. Gavin Newsom, from throwing caution, and our rights, to the wind.
And @CAgovernor Newsom just announced nightly curfews, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Dec. 21. The French Laundry and mostly peaceful terrorists are excepted.
California has 40 million people; 5,300 are hospitalized with Covid, down from almost 9,000 in July.https://t.co/VCYOTJtJ7H
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) November 19, 2020
The problem is that under a Biden presidency, all of America has the potential to become Gavin Newsom’s California, Andrew Cuomo’s New York, or Gretchen Whitmer’s Michigan. That should chill all of us.
Meanwhile, President Trump is doing the one thing that has the potential to slow the spread of Covid – getting the vaccines into the hands of the vulnerable.
Meanwhile, General Gustave Perna, chief operating officer of Operation Warp Speed, laid out a vaccine distribution plan, saying vaccines would be shipped within 24 hours of Emergency Use Authorization and people would be getting vaccinated within another 24 hours.
Perna said that the Pfizer vaccine would immediately be transported to UPS and Fedex facilities for distribution and dry ice kits would be delivered to sites of vaccine administration. He said his team had already prepared 100 million ancillary kits containing needles, alcohol swabs, etc. and were preparing to distribute them at the same time.
When Joe Biden, his team and Democrats say there is no distribution plan for the Wuhan coronavirus vaccine…they are very wrong. pic.twitter.com/ojdZ3ioSbF
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) November 19, 2020