December 22, 2021

Biden: "Winter of Severe Illness and Death for Unvaccinated"

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By: Konrad Holden

In Brief: 

Last Tuesday, the Biden administration began to roll out new messaging around the COVID-19 omicron variant. Biden warned of a coming “winter of severe illness and death for the unvaccinated.” The White House COVID response coordinator also repeated the messaging. Many critics mocked the president for his harsh message, especially given the fact that omicron has not been proven to be fatal. 

The Background:

Biden has failed to meet many of his COVID-19 goals during his presidency. And since the country failed to meet its 70% vaccination rate wish back in July, the administration has been doing everything it can to push vaccination.

Now they’re trying a new tactic: doomsday messaging.

On Tuesday, President Biden said, "But [omicron is] here now, and it's spreading, and it's going to increase... We are looking at a winter of severe illness and death for the unvaccinated – for themselves, their families and the hospitals they'll soon overwhelm. But there's good news: If you're vaccinated, and you have your booster shot, you're protected from severe illness and death."

The President was immediately mocked by many on the right. Fox News Contributor Ben Domenech said, "We are all in this together unless you are in the outgroup in which case you gonna die.”

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said, “How do Democrats run as the party of 'severe illness and death'? This is madness.”

Notable Quotes: 

"For the unvaccinated, you’re looking at a winter of severe illness and death for yourselves, your families and the hospitals you may soon overwhelm." - Jeff Zients, White House COVID Response Coordinator

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