White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki caught a Fox News reporter selectively quoting President Joe Biden in order to make it seem like he’s pushing COVID-19 vaccines on Americans without listening to scientists.
Fox’s Peter Doocy asked Psaki in the White House Press Briefing today about a statement made over a month ago by Biden about COVID-19 booster shots.
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“Why did the president say in August, ‘Just remember as a simple rule, eight months after your second shot, get a booster shot,’ if there is not enough data to support that for the general population?” Doocy asked, referring to comments made by Biden at the White House on August 18.
All Psaki had to do was to tell Doocy to listen to what Biden said right before the part he quoted.
“Well what the president also said is that, I want to be very clear, the plan is pending the FDA conducting an independent evaluation of the safety and effectiveness of a third dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and the CDC’s advisory committee,” she shot back.
White House transcripts show Biden discussing FDA and CDC approval for boosters as a prerequisite for moving forward with his plan for additional doses of vaccines.
“We are right now, in the week of September 20,” Psaki continued. “The advisory committee is meeting on Thursday.”
She stressed that COVID-19 vaccine boosters is something that may provide “more protection to people across the country” but that the Biden administration won’t move forward with a plan without the backing of the FDA and the CDC.
“Our objective and our role is to ensure that we have the capacity and the number of shots to provide them to the American people,” she concluded.