White House garbles messaging on whether it saw omicron spread, testing problems coming


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The White House appears to be contradicting itself when it comes to how prepared it is for the spike in COVID-19 case numbers due to the omicron variable and the demand for at-home testing.

While President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris both indicated they were surprised by the severity of the omicron’s spread, other administration officials insisted that is not the case.

CDC director contradicts Biden’s defense with OMICRON test: ‘This is exactly what we expected’

“That’s what we’ve been preparing for,” CDC Director Rochelle Walinsky told Fox News on “Special Report” Tuesday. “There have been doublings of this virus in other countries that have already had the virus in the range of one and a half to three days. So that’s exactly what we were expecting.”

President Biden answers questions after speaking about the state of the country’s battle against COVID-19 and the omicron variant, in the dining room of the White House in Washington, December 21, 2021.
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This was after Biden said on the same day that the insufficient number of tests available was not the result of management failure, but an unexpected spike in cases.

“It just happened overnight last month. So, this wasn’t a failure, but the alarm bell went off. I don’t think anyone expected this to spread as quickly as it did,” Biden said when asked if the current state was due to a failure. Administration.

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Then Biden said he anticipated the demand.

“There was a big, big rush, and I knew that was coming,” he said.

Dr. Rochelle Wallinsky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, in Atlanta.

Dr. Rochelle Wallinsky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, in Atlanta.
(Associated Press/Bryn Anderson)

Biden’s comments came days after Harris told the Los Angeles Times that the administration was surprised by the Omicron formula and the delta variable before it.

“We didn’t expect the delta to come,” Harris told the newspaper in an interview published Friday. “I think most scientists, based on their advice and guidance, didn’t expect the delta to come.” “We didn’t expect the omicron to appear. And that’s the nature of what this horrific virus was, which, as it turns out, has mutations and variants.”

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during an interview with the Los Angeles Times in her ceremonial office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Complex on Friday, December 17, 2021, in Washington.

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during an interview with the Los Angeles Times in her ceremonial office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Complex on Friday, December 17, 2021, in Washington.
(Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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Then the administration offered clarification, insisting that the White House was not surprised by the presence of the variables.

“The vice president’s comments indicated the exact type of mutation,” a statement by a Harris advisor obtained by Fox News said on Saturday. “The management knew that mutations are possible, which is why [is] The reason is that we have requested additional testing, additional equipment, and additional personal protective equipment.”

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