white house Spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Wednesday erroneously said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis did not encourage Sunny State residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Asked about efforts to conduct coronavirus tests on Florida residents who are most vulnerable to the virus and how DeSantis criticized the Biden administration’s methods, Psaki said the governor’s rhetoric was “very rich.”
“I would have said this to Governor DeSantis because he was the man who advocated vaccinating people in his state – not exactly advocating, we know, how to protect people and how to live. It can be saved, ”Psaki said.
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According to Psaki, if DeSantis “wants to be a participant in this constructive process, then science should encourage that it is the best way to save lives, prevent and reduce hospitalizations, and that is vaccination and intensification”.
But on several occasions, DeSantis has backed the vaccine, emphasizing its ability to save lives and reduce symptoms.
DeSantis in July he said Floridians talk about the importance of the vaccine and how to “save lives” during an illness.
“If you look at people who are hospitalized … more than 95% of them are either not fully vaccinated or not vaccinated at all,” DeSantis said. “These vaccines save lives. They reduce mortality.”
“Jen Psaki is lying very confidently about Governor DeSantis because she knows that the corporate media will never‘ fact-check ’her,” DeSantis spokeswoman Christina Pushou told Acesparks after Psaki’s remarks.
“Governor DeSantis has protected vaccines from the day they were available to the most vulnerable. In fact, it was so effective that in April, 60 Minutes, in collaboration with Publix, created the first hit to criticize the distribution of vaccines to the elderly.” shildi. “NBC News even criticized Governor DeSantis for putting the 90-year-old Holocaust survivor first for vaccines when he followed the science of showing that older people are at higher risk for COVID-19.”
Pushou also regrets the Biden administration’s efforts to promote “effective therapy and early treatment” in the treatment of individuals diagnosed with COVID-19.
“Right now, the vaccination rate in Florida is higher than the national average, but the vaccines have not stopped or slowed the spread of the Omicron variant anywhere in the world,” he said. “The vaccination rate in Miami-Dade County, an omicron point in Florida, is 93%. They have done and continue to do so. ”
Pushou said last year that “DeSantis has made almost 100 positive comments about vaccines in its public speeches since November 2020.”
The White House did not respond to a request for comment.
Courtney O’Brien of Acesparks contributed to this article.