White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was confronted with a new Johns Hopkins comprehensive study that shows “lockdowns” were a comprehensive failure worldwide.
When asked about the irrefutable evidence that the lockdowns caused massive damage, but delivered no tangible benefits, Psaki went into full spin-mode.
“We’ve not been pro-lockdown — most of the lockdowns actually happened under the previous President,” Psaki claimed. This is directly contrary to the policies advocated by Biden advisers, particularly Dr. Anthony Fauci.
The study in question is a thorough review done by Johns Hopkins university. It is damning.
“What does the evidence tell us about the effects of lockdowns on mortality?” We provide a firm answer to this question: The evidence fails to confirm that lockdowns have a significant effect in reducing COVID-19 mortality. The effect is little to none.
The use of lockdowns is a unique feature of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lockdowns have not been used to such a large extent during any of the pandemics of the past century.
However, lockdowns during the initial phase of the COVID-19 pandemic have had devastating effects. They have contributed to reducing economic activity, raising unemployment, reducing schooling, causing political unrest, contributing to domestic violence, and undermining liberal democracy. These costs to society must be compared to the benefits of lockdowns, which our meta-analysis has shown are marginal at best. Such a standard benefit-cost calculation leads to a strong conclusion: lockdowns should be rejected out of hand as a pandemic policy instrument.
That’s as blunt a refutation of lockdowns from an academic institution as it gets.
Obviously, Jen Psaki’s lie about the White House never being ‘pro-lockdown’ is at direct odds with numerous statements given by Biden’s chief Covid adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci.
In April 2021, Fauci was asked about states like Florida and Texas, which lifted their lockdowns and did not see a subsequent rise in cases.
“I’m not really quite sure,” he said. “It could be they’re doing things outdoors.”
Fauci added in his MSNBC interview that it may take weeks to see any effects from re-opening the state on the number of COVID cases.
“I hope they continue to tick down. If they do, that would be great but there’s always the concern when you pull back on methods — particularly on things like indoor dining and bars that are crowded — you could see a delay and then all of a sudden tick right back up,” Fauci said.
“We’ve been fooled before by situations where people begin to open back up. Nothing happens and then all of a sudden several weeks later things explode on you, so we’ve got to be careful we don’t prematurely judge that,” he added.
Texas and Florida became two of the biggest targets of criticism for lockdown and mask advocates. Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis have consistently defied Fauci’s advice and also taken stands against COVID passports. The benefits to citizens were much-improved economic outcomes, as well as a much better quality of life — leading to millions fleeing there from blue states.
While Donald Trump did turn to Fauci as one of his key advisers, he was a frequent critic of lockdowns and mandates. Jen Psaki can dodge the actual “science” all she wants, but she’s only throwing her own Covid advisers under the bus.
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