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Ric Grenell: Biden is only re-ordering the COVID vaccines

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Fmr. acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell said President Joe Biden in only reordering the vaccines and that “all the heavy lifting was done by President Trump and his team.”

Speaking on Newsmax TV’s “The Count” on Saturday, Grenell said Biden’s vaccine distribution actions are “akin to going into the presidential Amazon Prime account and pressing reorder.”

“All the heavy lifting was done by President Trump and his team,” Grenell said. “We all know that they found the vaccine. They shepherded it through. I was in the Oval Office on multiple occasions where we had to interrupt an intel briefing because there was an urgent call from a CEO or somebody involved in Operation Warp Speed, and President Trump wanted to keep it on track. So every meeting, he would stop and he would take all of the calls to keep it moving.”

Last week, a senior advisor on the Biden administration COVID team praised the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed for the “record time” in which the COVID vaccine was developed.

“We’re grateful for the work that came before us and are doing the best we can to continue it and accelerate it,” Andy Slavitt said last week on Fox News. “I would absolutely tip my hat. … The Trump administration made sure that we got in record time a vaccine up and out. That’s a great thing and it’s something we should all be excited about.”

The Biden administration has claimed that they had to “start from scratch” regarding vaccine distribution. During a March 2 news conference, Biden said that Trump did not ensure there would be enough vaccines for the American public.

“When I came into office, the prior administration had contracted for not nearly enough vaccine to cover adults in America,” Biden said. “We rectified that.”

Grenell also said we should applaud Biden for continuing the vaccine process that was set up by the Trump administration.

“I guess what we can do is compliment President Biden for understanding that we just need to keep the process going, and the states need to keep getting the vaccine,” Grenell said. “But they didn’t do anything on finding the vaccine. They didn’t do anything to work through the bureaucracy. They didn’t do anything other than continue what President Trump had set up, so let’s applaud President Biden. We’re keeping going, what President Trump set up, so reordering. You know, great, great accomplishment, right?”

In a statement last week, Trump said he hopes everyone “remembers” him when receiving the COVID vaccine.

“I hope everyone remembers when they’re getting the COVID-19 vaccine, that if I wasn’t President, you wouldn’t be getting that beautiful ‘shot’ for 5 years, at best, and probably wouldn’t be getting it at all. I hope everyone remembers!”

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California Tells COVID-Positive Medical Staff to ‘Return to Work Immediately, Without Isolation or Testing’

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The Los Angeles Times came out with a piece Wednesday titled, “With hospitals reeling, California tells COVID-positive medical workers to stay on the job.” With more and more patients arriving to the emergency room every day, forced to wait entire days to be seen, there is no one to answer the phones and no one to take out the trash.

Due to the Omicron-fueled surge, healthcare workers are calling out sick in droves, and has “left the medical infrastructure on edge.” As a result, California, and other state’s officials are examining a “Sweeping policy change that allows asymptomatic healthcare workers who have tested positive for the coronavirus to return to work immediately, without isolation or testing.”

Currently, the policy will remain in place through February 1st to avoid staffing shortages. The California Department of Public Health said because hospitals are reaching capacity, providing essential care is extremely compromised.

“Given those conditions, the department is providing temporary flexibility to help hospitals and emergency services providers respond to an unprecedented surge and staffing shortages” said the agency.

On Tuesday, nurses and representatives with the SEIU 721 union spoke out against the measure outside the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting in downtown to L.A. The California Nurses Association also said it planning a “day of action” for Thursday to condemn the state’s decision.

“It is absolutely infuriating that Democrats turned our nation upside down, harmed our children and may have even allowed the Democrats to steal an election creating these mandates, only to be forced to throw it all out the window on a whim because they did not work” says Sara Carter

“When President Trump was questioning these things, when I would question these things, when any sane person would question these things, the Democrats tried to make everyone look like they wanted to kill their grandmother and that we were conspiracy theorists” adds Carter.

“Is the situation ideal? No,” said Dr. Robert-Kim Farley, an epidemiologist and infectious-diseases expert at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. “Is it the lesser of the two evils of having no one to care for patients, versus having staff caring for them that may have COVID? Yes, it’s the lesser of two evils.”

The L.A. Times adds, “Kim-Farley said the policy is a recognition of the significant strain hospitals are experiencing amid an increased number of patients and decreased number of staff. The chances of transmission from an asymptomatic worker are minimal, he said, particularly since he or she would be practicing precautions, including wearing high-grade medical masks.”

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