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CNN Medical Analyst says vaccine hesitancy is largely due to ‘overly cautious’ COVID-19 policies

CNN Medical Analyst and former Planned Parenthood President Dr. Laura Wen said Thursday that the Biden administration’s “overly cautious” approach to the coronavirus pandemic is having a “very damaging effect” on demand of the COVID-19 vaccine (Washington Times). 

In an op-ed for the Washing Post, Dr. Wen wrote, “With his speech before a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, President Biden missed his biggest opportunity to reduce vaccine hesitancy… The problem wasn’t the content of his speech — it was the setting.”

Biden, who is fully vaccinated, gave the Address to a Joint Session of Congress in a room of 200 socially distanced and masked attendees in the House Chamber built for 1,600 people. “As the president spoke, the vice president and speaker of the House sat behind him, both clad in masks. If I didn’t know better, I would have thought this was six months ago, before Americans had access to safe, highly effective vaccines,” Dr. Wen wrote. She called the CDC’S guidelines “overly cautious.”

“If the vaccines are so effective, then why so many precautions for the fully vaccinated? What’s the point of getting inoculated if not much changes?” She believes that the optics of vaccinated individuals still being masked and socially distanced cause Americans to question the efficiency of a vaccine. She suggested “vaccine passports” to be permitted to enter large gatherings. This, she believes, would send the American people a message that “vaccines are safe, effective and the key to ending the pandemic.”

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ARTICLE: EVA SALGADO

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: BBC

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