"Well, I think what's going to happen is you're going to see that, in the near term — or we're probably going to open this up anyway," he told reporters after a speech on the administration's vaccination campaign. "They're constantly looking at — we're looking at both Moderna and J&J. And we're both — as I said in the speech — in addition to that, we're also looking to the time when we're going to be able to expand the booster shots, basically, across the board."
At one point during the briefing, Biden said in response to a question that the US vaccination rate would need to be essentially 100% for the American economy to return to "normal".
REPORTER: How many Americans need to be vaccinated before getting back to normal?
BIDEN: Well, I think, look — I think we get the vast majority. 97, 98 percent. pic.twitter.com/mQ4ekSH5jN
— August Takala (@RudyTakala) September 27, 2021
To be clear, that directly contradicts findings from scientists who believe COVID is now endemic in the human population and will never go away completely.
Furthermore, here is the all-knowing Fauci in May:
“If we get to the president’s goal – which I believe we will attain – of getting 70 percent of people getting at least one dose, adults that is, by July 4, there will be enough protection in the community that I really don’t foresee there being the risk of a surge."
Bear in mind that Norway, which has just lifted 100% of all its COVID restrictions and has actually returned to normal, has a 67% vaccination rate among its population.
Readers can watch two clips from the briefing below:
— Edward Lawrence (@EdwardLawrence) September 27, 2021
President Biden receives Covid booster shot. pic.twitter.com/P5SzNWUpiG
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) September 27, 2021
And readers can watch the full press briefing below:
September 27, 2021 11:20 pm