CNN medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen said she was "disappointed " with President Joe Biden's performance at a town hall on Wednesday regarding his answers to questions about the coronavirus and vaccines.
In discussing CNN town hall with a panel immediately after the event, Wen felt that Biden was not responding to the realities of what was happening on the ground "regarding the virus, that some of his answers to the questions were " irresponsible "and that he " led people astray "when he claimed that vaccinated people were " well protected "against the virus. Delta variant of the virus.
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"I was actually disappointed with President Biden's responses tonight because I thought in fact he wa s answering the questions as if it was a month ago, "Wen said after host Anderson Cooper pointed out that some of Biden's answers were" factually wrong. " "
" It 's not really responding to the realities of what is happening on the ground "she said before describing the escalation of cases across the country caused by the delta variant.
We claimed that the experts had not yet done so have answers to many questions regarding vaccines and Delta variant , for example how well a vaccinated person is protected against a mild illness and how potentially contagious they could be to other people if they carried the virus. "I actually thought [his response] was irresponsible ", she added.
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She continued in dowing that the vaccine reduces a person's likelihood of carrying the virus, as well as the amount of virus they would carry, but that a person carries 1000 times more of the delta variant compared to previous strains of the virus.
"I think President Biden actually misled people when he said if you are vaccinated you can take your mask off. We don't know, " Wen said. , referring to a City Hall instance where Biden said: "If you are vaccinated you shouldn't be wearing a mask.
"I think he's dropping a very important opportunity tonight. I think he could have told the public that you are all protected because everyone here is vaccinated. You are safe if you are vaccinated and everyone around you is vaccinated " , she said. "But if you are vaccinated and around unvaccinated people, you should wear a mask. Getting vaccinated canus save lives, but I actually think President Biden's message might have misled people. "
During mayoralty, Biden touted vaccinations, saying at one point, "You are fine, you are not going to catch COVID if you have these vaccinations. " While very effective in preventing contraction and transmission, they are not 100 percent guaranteed to prevent contracting the virus.
"I think he probably would have added the word 'severe ' before COVID, " former White House coronavirus adviser Andy Slavitt, said Thursday, noting nearly all recent COVID-related hospitalizations and deaths are in unvaccinated people.