By CALVIN WOODWARD and HOPE YEN, Related Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden supplied an uncategorical assure Wednesday that individuals who get their COVID-19 vaccines are fully shielded from an infection, illness and dying from the coronavirus. The fact just isn’t that reduce and dried.
The vaccines are extraordinarily efficient however “breakthrough” infections do happen and the delta variant driving circumstances among the many unvaccinated within the U.S. just isn’t absolutely understood.
Additionally Biden inflated the influence of his insurance policies on U.S. jobs created in his first half-year in workplace, misleadingly stating his administration had finished greater than some other president. He neglects to say he had inhabitants progress on his facet in his comparability.
A have a look at his remarks in a CNN city corridor:
BIDEN: “If you happen to’re vaccinated, you’re not going to be hospitalized, you’re not going to be within the IC unit, and also you’re not going to die.”
THE FACTS: His comment precisely captures the sturdy safety the COVID-10 vaccines present as circumstances spike amongst individuals who have resisted the photographs. But it surely overlooks the uncommon exceptions.
As of July 12, the federal government had tallied 5,492 vaccinated individuals who examined constructive for coronavirus and had been hospitalized or died. That’s out of greater than 159 million absolutely vaccinated Individuals. The director of the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, mentioned “99.5% of all deaths from COVID-19 are within the unvaccinated.”
BIDEN: “You’re not going to get COVID when you have these vaccinations.”
THE FACTS: Once more, he painted with too broad a brush as he described in stark phrases the disparity between those that acquired their photographs and those that haven’t. The disparity is actual, however a small variety of breakthrough infections occur and well being officers say they don’t seem to be a trigger for alarm.
No vaccines are excellent, and the federal government is protecting an in depth eye on whether or not new coronavirus mutants begin to outsmart the COVID-19 photographs. However for now, federal well being officers say even when breakthrough infections happen, they are typically gentle — the vaccines thus far stay strongly protecting towards severe sickness.
BIDEN: “We’ve created extra jobs within the first six months of our administration than any time in American historical past. No president, no administration, has ever created as many roles.”
THE FACTS: His declare is deceptive.
Whereas Biden’s administration within the first half 12 months as president has seen extra jobs created than some other president — simply over 3 million within the 5 months tracked by jobs studies — that’s partly as a result of the U.S. inhabitants is bigger than up to now.
When calculated as a proportion of the workforce, job progress beneath President Jimmy Carter elevated extra shortly from February via June 1977 than the identical 5 months this 12 months: 2.2% for Carter, in contrast with 2.1% for Biden.
Because the late Seventies, the U.S. inhabitants has grown by greater than 100 million individuals.
It’s true, although, that the economic system is rising quickly — it expanded at a 6.4% annual price within the first three months of the 12 months — and is predicted to develop this 12 months on the quickest tempo since 1984.
Biden’s $1.9 trillion rescue bundle contributed to the vigorous progress, however a lot of the enlargement additionally displays a broader bounce-back from the unusually sharp pandemic recession, the deepest downturn for the reason that Thirties. Even earlier than Biden’s bundle, for instance, the Worldwide Financial Fund was projecting U.S. progress of over 5% for this 12 months.
Biden can be leaving out the truth that the U.S. economic system stays 6.8 million jobs in need of its pre-pandemic stage, and the unemployment price is an elevated 5.9%, up from a five-decade low of three.5% earlier than the pandemic.
Related Press writers Lauran Neergaard and Christopher Rugaber in Washington and David Klepper in Windfall, Rhode Island, contributed to this report.
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