By The Blaze. The White House is blaming President Joe Biden’s dismal approval ratings on Americans not vaccinated against COVID-19. . .
During a press briefing at the White House on Friday, press secretary Jen Psaki was confronted over Biden’s “really terrible” approval ratings.
Agence France-Presse reporter Sebastian Smith asked, “What do you make of these really terrible polls? Are they that he’s doing something wrong? Is it just the communication? Or is it he’s doing unpopular things that have to be done?” . . .
“Well, look, I would say that this is a really tough time in our country. We’re still battling COVID, and a lot of people thought we’d be through it, including us,” Psaki began.
“And we — because of the rise of the delta variant, because of the fact that even though it was a vaccine that was approved under a Republican administration, even though we now have full FDA approval, and even though it’s widely available across the country, we still have a quarter of the country who have, less than that, 20% of the country who’ve decided not to get vaccinated,” Psaki continued.
AFP's Sebastian Smith: Biden's "very tough approval rating these days…You might say that they don't mean anything, but it's also fair to say that…when there are good polls, you publicize them. So, what do you make of these really terrible polls?" pic.twitter.com/DCRRm4IUAF
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) October 8, 2021
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Report: Hundreds of Thousands of U.S. Troops Aren’t Vaccinated as Government Deadline Approaches
By Just The News. Hundreds of thousands of U.S. service members have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine or only received one of two doses as the Defense Department’s first vaccine mandate deadlines approach.
For active-duty service members, 90% of the Navy are fully vaccinated, 81% of the Army, about 81% of the Air Force, and 76.5% of the Marine Corps, the Washington Post reported.
The Air Force has the closest deadline of Nov. 2, with over 60,000 active-duty personnel not yet vaccinated. Both the Navy and the Marines have the same deadline of Nov. 28, but the latter, with a total of 180,100 active-duty members, is 13.5% behind in vaccination rate to the former, with 345,200 active-duty members.
The National Guard and reserves are the farthest behind in vaccination rates, as they tend to have later deadlines. The Army National Guard and reserves have vaccination deadlines of June 30, 2022, and their rates are currently at 38.5% and 40%, respectively, according to the Post. (Read more from “Report: Hundreds of Thousands of U.S. Troops Aren’t Vaccinated as Government Deadline Approaches” HERE)
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