The White House confirmed on Wednesday that President Joe Biden will be tested for COVID-19 every two weeks — despite already receiving the Pfizer vaccine in January — in an effort to be extra careful about protecting Biden’s health.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Wednesday that Biden will be tested for COVID-19 regularly because the vaccine is “not 100 percent protection.”
Biden received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine — which has been shown to be approximately 95% successful at preventing COVID-19 — in January.
Psaki explained: “There is 95% protection from the vaccine, but it’s not 100 percent protection. so the president’s doctor believes it is reasonable and prudent to randomly test the president every two weeks as surveillance.”
Psaki added that Biden most recently tested negative for the virus on February 4.
Health officials claimed for months that an effective vaccine was the key to returning to normal life, but the Biden administration is making it increasingly clear that the vaccine will change very little.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the administration’s foremost infectious disease expert, said last week that strict public health measures such as masking –and maybe even double-masking — social distancing, and banning gatherings, must continue until the “entire world” is fully vaccinated.
Fauci also said that those that have been vaccinated should continue wearing masks until the “overwhelming” population is inoculated. The Biden administration has provided no modifications to Fauci’s recommendations, virtually eliminating any hope that restrictions will be lifted anytime during 2021.