Transparency is good if it’s the other side, as it turns out the White House on Friday declared it would not share with the public the actual number of breakthrough COVID-19 infections associated with vaccinated staff after one aid was tested positive with the coronavirus last week. Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, shared that this type of information is classified from the public, arguing they don’t need to know this information, despite growing concerns of breakthrough cases, stagnation in actual vaccination rates, and a surging Delta variant. Ms. Psaki, when asked for breakthrough data, simply responded that those vaccinated who have breakthrough cases are less likely to get severely ill or die.
According to a recent entry in USA Today, the White House press secretary commented:
“As many medical experts have said, inside and outside of the government, those who are vaccinated are protected from serious illness," Psaki said during the White House briefing. "Most are asymptomatic if they are individuals who are vaccinated."
As reported by USA Today, Psaki responded to another request for names: “Why do you need to have that information?”
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