White House calling out critics of door-to-door vaccine push

White House calling out critics of door-to-door vaccine push
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: “Inaccurate disinformation,” “A disservice to the country,” “Literally killing people,” for months, the Biden administration refrained from criticizing Republican officials who played down the importance of Covid-19 vaccinations or sought to make political hay of the US federal government’s all-out effort to drive vaccine. Not any longer.

With the Covid-19 vaccination rate plateauing across the US, the White House is returning fire at those they see as spreading fear or harmful misinformation about the shots.

When Henry McMaster, South Carolina Governor, tried this week to block door-to-door efforts to drive up the coronavirus vaccination drive rate in his state, White House press secretary Jen Psaki didn’t mince words in her reaction.

In a press conference on Friday, she said that the failure to provide accurate public health information, including the accessibility of them to people across the country and efficacy of vaccines, including South Carolina, is literally killing people, so maybe they should consider that.”

While 67% adults in the US have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, officials are increasingly worried about vast geographic disparity in vaccination rates, and the emergence of what some experts warn could be two dramatically different realities for the country in the coming months: Fresh hot spots and the development of dangerous variants in more GOP-leaning areas and high vaccine uptake and lower caseloads in more Democratic-leaning parts of the country.

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