1. More Staff Members Of The White House Have Tested Positive For Covid-19
Press Secretary Jen Psaki revealed further cases of positive Covid tests, in addition to the staffer who tested positive following an event in DC for Texan Democratic lawmakers.
During the White House Press Briefing, Psaki stated there have been other instances of positive cases of White House workers, even after being fully vaccinated.
The revelation came some hours after the news of major aides and staff members to Nancy Pelosi tested positive for Covid after the same rooftop reception in a DC hotel, who were visiting from Texas in order to lobby for protecting voter rights following the Texas GOP attempting to implement stricter voting laws.
Psaki did not reveal the exact number of Covid cases in the White House, but hinted that there are more staff members or assistants who have been hit with a positive test.
2. The White House Contacted Fox News Regarding Vaccine Misinformation
When asked if the White House was in touch with Fox News and what this meant for their coverage about Covid and the vaccine, Psaki confirmed that they have been in contact.
She stated that “We’ve been in touch with every network and many, many media outlets about coverage of Covid-19 to make sure people have accurate information, to voice concerns when we have them. We don’t see it as a partisan issue, we don’t see vaccines as a political issue, it’s an issue about keeping Americans safe.”
The Biden administration has been on the mission to combat misinformation spread about the Covid vaccine on social media platforms and news outlets in order to get as many Americans as possible vaccinated to minimize the spread and effect of the virus.
3. The George Floyd Bill Is Still Yet To Be Passed
Jen Psaki was asked about the delay in passing the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act, which relates to police reform. A reporter insinuated that the problem with the bill is now coming from progressives, who will not pass the bill unless qualified immunity is included in it.
Psaki’s response was “The most effective role we can play from here is by leaving space for the negotiators to have those discussions.”
She mentioned some of the politicians in charge of the bill, such as Congresswoman Bass, Senator Booker, and Senator Scott who are working diligently to pass the bill when possible.
“We’re going to leave them the space to continue to hopefully make progress.”