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Senior Biden collaborator defends COVID handling as deaths in 2021 surpass those in 2020: ‘Bring it on’


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White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain on Wednesday defended the administration’s work to reduce coronavirus-related deaths despite GOP frustration with the persistence of the deadly virus.

“Let’s be clear: the day we got here, 4,000 people a day were dying and 1% of Americans were vaccinated. Today, deaths are down 75% and nearly 200 million Americans are completely vaxed,” he said. he said in a tweet. “We still have a LOT of work to do.

“But if anyone wants to have a debate on COVID, start it,” he added.

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Klain’s comments were in response to a New York Times report on Republicans criticizing Biden’s handling of the pandemic. Republicans hammered on the president that the pandemic has continued despite Biden’s election campaign promise to “shut down” the virus if elected.

Minority Parliamentary Leader Kevin McCarthy lambasted the Biden administration in his record-breaking ground speech last week.

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“I took President Biden at his word; I took him at his word when he said he was going to get COVID under control,” McCarthy said. “Sadly, more Americans have died this year than last year from COVID.”

The majority of deaths have been among unvaccinated Americans.

Minority Parliamentary Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., And Republican members slam President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the end of the war in Afghanistan during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington , Tuesday August 31, 2021.
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About 70% of the U.S. population has received at least one shot of the vaccine, and those numbers could rise under policies enacted by the Biden administration.

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Biden pushed for all government employees, military service members, contractors, and companies with 100 or more employees to enforce vaccine mandates, policies Republicans fought hard against.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now encourages people to not only get vaccinated, but also to receive boosters before the winter months.

Senior Biden collaborator defends COVID handling as deaths in 2021 surpass those in 2020: ‘Bring it on’

President Biden (left) and Chief of Staff Ron Klain meet with cabinet members and immigration advisers in the State Dining Room March 24, 2021 in Washington, DC
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Vaccinations appeared to significantly help reduce infection rates in the spring and early summer.

But the spread of the delta variant, a newer and deadlier strain of the coronavirus, has caused the number of cases to reach levels not seen since before the vaccine was widely available.

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On Monday, the CDC confirmed that more than 162,000 new cases of the virus had been reported during a seven-day moving average, including 1,200 deaths.

As the United States records higher infection rates again, the number of related deaths has remained on a downward trend since the delta virus took hold in August.

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