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White House Falsely Claims COVID Vaccines Weren’t Available Till President Biden

On Thursday, the White House released a statement on Twitter falsely claiming that COVID-19 vaccines were not available when President Biden took office – a claim that was particularly bold since Biden received the vaccine a month before his beginning his presidency.

“When President Biden took office, millions were unemployed and there was no vaccine available. In the last 15 months, the economy has created 8.3M jobs and the unemployment rate stands at 3.6% — the fastest decline in unemployment to start a President’s term ever recorded,” the White House tweeted.

On December 21, 2020, however, then President-elect Biden announced on Twitter that he had received the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Today, I received the COVID-19 vaccine,” Biden tweeted at the time. “To the scientists and researchers who worked tirelessly to make this possible — thank you. We owe you an awful lot. And to the American people — know there is nothing to worry about. When the vaccine is available, I urge you to take it.”

Biden’s ability to get vaccinated against COVID-19 was a result of the former Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed. President Biden went on to use the Trump administration’s vaccine distribution plan to ensure that vaccines were available throughout the country.

“From the moment the FDA authorized the first vaccines by Pfizer Inc. and Moderna Inc., the U.S. government, first under Donald Trump and then under President Joe Biden, had already arranged to buy all of the companies’ known U.S. production for months to come, assuring hundreds of millions of doses for American arms,” The Financial Post reported last year. “The former administration wrote clauses into contracts with manufacturers and also used the Defense Production Act, which grants the president extraordinary powers over manufacturing in times of crisis, to prioritize U.S. orders.”

“Under Biden, officials managing the vaccine rollout aren’t so blunt, but the sentiment has hardly changed. The new president hasn’t rescinded a Trump executive order that declared Americans would be first in line for U.S.-made vaccines, followed by allies,” the outlet said. “And the same tools the Trump administration used to keep domestically produced vaccines within the nation’s borders have been employed by Biden’s team — chiefly, a provision of the DPA that allows the U.S. to assign its orders “priority” over others. The law dates to the Korean War.”

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Largest U.S. Airlines Drop Mask Mandate After Court Ruling

On Monday, America’s largest airlines released statements indicating that they will no longer be enforcing President Biden’s mask mandate on airplanes following a ruling from a federal judge in Florida that the mandate was “unlawful.”

American Airlines said: “In accordance with the Transportation Security Administration no longer enforcing the federal face mask mandate, face masks will no longer be required for our customers and team members at U.S. airports and on domestic flights. Please note face masks may still be required based on local ordinances, or when traveling to/from certain international locations based on country requirements. In keeping with our commitment to creating a welcoming environment for everyone who travels with us, customers and team members may choose to continue to wear masks at their own discretion.”

United Airlines said: “Effective immediately, masks are no longer required at United on domestic flights, select international flights (dependent upon the arrival country’s mask requirements) or at U.S. airports. While this means that our employees are no longer required to wear a mask – and no longer have to enforce a mask requirement for most of the flying public – they will be able to wear masks if they choose to do so, as the CDC continues to strongly recommend wearing a mask on public transit. We will continue to closely monitor the situation in the event of changes.”

Delta Air Lines said: “Effective immediately, masks are optional for all airport employees, crew members and customers inside U.S. airports and onboard aircraft. Delta employees and customers may continue wearing masks if they so choose. Wearing a well-fitting mask protects the wearer, even if others around them are not wearing masks.”

Southwest Airlines said: “As a result of this development, effectively immediately, Southwest Employees and Customers will be able to choose whether they would like to wear a mask, and we encourage individuals to make the best decision to support their personal wellbeing. Additionally, Southwest will continue supporting the comfort of those who travel with us by offering additional layers of protection, including sophisticated cabin air ventilation systems onboard our aircraft which incorporate HEPA air filtration that removes at least 99.97% of airborne particles.”

Alaska Airlines said: “Face masks have been like boarding passes for nearly two years — you couldn’t fly without one. But, as of today, masks are optional in airports and onboard aircraft, effective immediately. Due to a judicial decision in our federal court system, the mask mandate has been overturned, which means our guests and employees have the option to wear a mask while traveling in the U.S. and at work. While we are glad this means many of us get to see your smiling faces, we understand some might have mixed feelings. Please remember to be kind to one another and that wearing a mask while traveling is still an option.”

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle in Tampa, Florida, ruled that the mask mandate “exceeded the CDC’s statutory authority, improperly invoked the good cause exception to notice and comment rulemaking, and failed to adequately explain its decisions.”

She added that “our system does not permit agencies to act unlawfully even in pursuit of desirable ends.”

“The Court DECLARES UNLAWFUL and VACATES the Mask Mandate, remanding it to the CDC for further proceedings consistent with this order,” Mizelle ordered. “The Court directs the Clerk to TERMINATE President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., as a Defendant to this action, to ENTER final judgment in favor of Plaintiffs as prescribed in this order, and to CLOSE this case.”

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Florida Federal Judge Voids Biden’s Public Transit Mask Mandate

A federal judge in Florida has voided President Biden’s national mask mandate, which covers airports and airplane travel along with other forms of public transportation.

“The decision Monday by U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle in Tampa also said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention improperly failed to justify its decision and did not follow proper rule-making,” the Associated Press reported. “The CDC recently extended the mask mandate, which was set to expire on April 18, until May 3 to allow more time to study the BA.2 omicron subvariant of the coronavirus that is now responsible for the vast majority of cases in the U.S.”

Mizelle ruled that the mandate “exceeded the CDC’s statutory authority, improperly invoked the good cause exception to notice and comment rulemaking, and failed to adequately explain its decisions.”

She added that “our system does not permit agencies to act unlawfully even in pursuit of desirable ends.”

“The Court DECLARES UNLAWFUL and VACATES the Mask Mandate, remanding it to the CDC for further proceedings consistent with this order,” Mizelle ordered. “The Court directs the Clerk to TERMINATE President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., as a Defendant to this action, to ENTER final judgment in favor of Plaintiffs as prescribed in this order, and to CLOSE this case.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis responded to the news in a post on Twitter, writing, “Great to see a federal judge in Florida follow the law and reject the Biden transportation mask mandate. Both airline employees and passengers deserve to have this misery end.”

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Pelosi Tests Positive For COVID After Attending Event With Biden

On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) office announced that she had tested positive for COVID-19. The announcement came the day after Pelosi attended an event at the White House with President Biden.

“After testing negative this week, Speaker Pelosi received a positive test result for COVID-19 and is currently asymptomatic,” Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, tweeted. “The Speaker is fully vaccinated and boosted, and is thankful for the robust protection the vaccine has provided.”

“The Speaker will quarantine consistent with CDC guidance, and encourages everyone to get vaccinated, boosted and test regularly,” Hammill continued, later adding, “A planned Congressional delegation to Asia, led by @SpeakerPelosi , will be postponed to a later date.”

Fox News White House correspondent Jacqui Heinrichs responded to the news, noting, “Pelosi was on stage, unmasked with POTUS yesterday at the postal service reform act bill signing – inches away from him.”

Multiple other Democrats have tested positive for COVID-19 after attending the event, as noted by Axios.

“Attorney General Merrick Garland and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday, days after they attended the Gridiron Club dinner, a high-profile D.C. media event,” Axios reported. “Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Joaquín Castro (D-Texas) also tested positive after attending the dinner on Saturday.”

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White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Tests Positive For COVID-19

On Sunday, Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre announced that she had tested positive for COVID-19, just days after White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced that she had been infected with the virus.

“This afternoon, after returning from the President’s trip to Europe, I took a PCR test. That test came back positive,” Jean-Pierre said in a statement. “I last saw the President during a socially distanced meeting yesterday, and the President is not considered a close contact as defined by CDC guidance. I am sharing the news of my positive test today out of an abundance of transparency.”

“Thanks to being fully vaccinated and boosted, I have only experienced mild symptoms. In alignment with White House COVID-19 protocols, I will work from home and plan to return to work in person at the conclusion of a five-day isolation period and a negative test,” the statement added.

Last week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki also announced that she had tested positive for COVID-19 and that she was no longer accompanying President Biden on his trip to Europe to meet with U.S. allies to address Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Today, in preparation for travel to Europe, I took a PCR test this morning. That test came back positive, which means I will be adhering to CDC guidance and no longer be traveling on the President’s trip to Europe,” Psaki said in a statement. “I had two socially-distanced meetings with the President yesterday, and the President is not considered a close contact as defined by CDC guidance. I am sharing the news of my positive test today out of an abundance of transparency.”

“The President tested negative today via PCR test,” the statement added. “Thanks to the vaccine, I have only experienced mild symptoms. In alignment with White House COVID-19 protocols, I will work from home and plan to return to work in person at the conclusion of a five-day isolation period and a negative test.”

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