President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will continue to travel even as the CDC warns of non-essential flights amid an increase in coronavirus cases, the White House said Monday.
“Well, I would say the president – as vice president – travels on a private plane,” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki during her daily briefing. That is the competence of every president and vice president in American history. That is of course different from traveling on a commercial flight. ‘
She then got a shot at former President Donald Trump, who held multiple campaign rallies during the 2020 election, despite warnings from health experts against mass rallies. The Trump campaign kept the rallies out in a concession to the pandemic, but attendees did not have to wear face masks, arguing that it was a personal choice.
“The president doesn’t organize meetings, and neither does the vice president. We take the role of being a model pretty seriously. But I think most Americans would recognize the difference, ‘added Psaki.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will continue to travel despite the CDC’s request to limit it to “ essential. ”
The White House said President Joe Biden will also continue to travel home to Wilmington, Delaware, as he did last weekend
She said Biden would also continue to travel to his private home in Wilmington, Delaware, as he did last weekend.
What I want to convey is that, as any president does, that president travels with Air Force One, whether he is traveling to visit a community in this country or whether he is traveling to his home state of Delaware ,’ she said. “I think most people recognize that as a difference.”
The White House’s stance on travel came when the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made a passionate plea to Americans not to let their guard down in the fight against COVID.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky became emotional when she described a sense of ‘impending doom’ in the midst of a possible fourth wave.
‘I’m going to take a break here, I’m going to lose the script, and I’m going to think about the recurring feeling I have of impending doom. We have so much to look forward to, so much promise and potential from where we are and so much cause for hope, ‘she said. “But right now I’m scared.”
Walensky pointed to an increase in travel and relaxed virus restrictions for the increase in the number of cases.
“We’ve seen peaks after every vacation,” she said, “Please limit travel to essential travel for now.”
According to data from the CDC, the average number of new daily infections has increased by 10 percent in the past week to nearly 60.00 per day.
And the number of hospital admissions has risen to more than 4,800 new admissions per day.
Even the number of new daily deaths, a statistic that typically doesn’t rise until weeks after the increase in new infections, is up about three percent, to just 1,000 per day, compared to the previous seven-day moving average.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki got a shot at former President Trump (above) and said President Biden was not traveling to campaign rallies
Dr. Anthony Fauci called it a race between vaccination coverage – the US gives about 2 million injections in the arm per day – and the spread of COVID and its variants.
‘It will be a race between the vaccine and what’s going on with the dynamics of the outbreak. And we can win this by just hanging out there a little longer, ”Fauci said.
Walensky pointed to the fourth wave now in full swing in countries such as Germany, Italy and France. She said it looked at trends in cases, hospitalizations and deaths in those countries
She pleaded with Americans to redouble their efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to encourage their friends’ families and social networks to do the same.
“I’m asking you to hang on, please get vaccinated if you can so that all those people we all love will still be there when the pandemic is over,” Walensky said in an emotional plea.
After hovering around 50,000 for weeks, the seven-day moving average of new COVID cases in the US is now more than 63,000, with 43,694 new infections recorded on Sunday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
More than half of the states saw the number of new cases increase by more than 10 percent last week, compared to the week before, and Michigan officials say the nationwide dreaded wave is already on the state.
Another 506 Americans died from COVID-19 on Sunday.