- THE DAN BONGINO SHOW - Matt Palumbo - AUG 17, 2022 -
After Dr. Deborah Birx made a number of statements admitting that the “experts” oversold the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine in that it would significantly help prevent infection, PolitiFact’s Yacob Reyes wrote a lengthy article rating is “false” that Birx ever flip-flopped on the issue herself in an article whose conclusion is contradicted by its own sources, while also ignoring everyone else that flip-flopped, such as Joe Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Birx admitted that the experts overpromised on the COVID vaccine a number of times in mid-2022. During a Fox News appearance on July 22, she told Neil Cavuto that “I knew these vaccines were not going to protect against infection. And I think we overplayed the vaccines, and it made people then worry that it's not going to protect against severe disease and hospitalization. It will.”
The next day, Birx testified before Congress.
While facing questioning from Rep. Jim Jordan, Birx admitted that “we knew early on, in January of 2021, in late December 2020, that reinfection is occurring after natural infection. Once you see that - and I want to make it clear to you all, and to anyone that is listening - this is not meables, mumps, and rubella - those vaccines produce long term immunity, and can create herd immunity."
Jordan asked twice “When the government told us that the vaccinated couldn’t transmit it, was that a lie, or was that a guess?” - prompting an “I don’t know,” and “I think it was hope that the vaccines would work in that way.” No denial was made of the government’s false narrative.
This is in direct contradiction to Birx’s prior public statements, but not if you accept Reyes’ framing, who is forced to construct and burn down a strawman to pretend Birx didn’t flip flop or conceal information from the American public.
Reyes says he could find “no record of Birx saying the vaccine could provide complete protection against infection” - and thus the words “complete protection” create the strawman. While Birx didn't ever use those exact words, she implicitly suggested that the vaccine would do enough to slow the spread to bring about herd immunity.
While accusing people of taking Dr. Birx’s comments out of context, Reyes takes a comment from Birx from December 2020 out of context, quoting her as saying during an NBC interview "I want to be very frank to the American people: The vaccine is critical, but it's not going to save us from this current surge.”
Reyes presents this as Birx saying “that it could not curtail an uptick in COVID-19 cases” - but the reason Birx said this is because the vaccine wasn’t available at the time, and wouldn’t begin to rollout for months, hence why she said the vaccine wouldn’t save us from a “current surge” in that context. Reyes cuts off the rest of Birx’s quote, where she said “We won’t have a vaccine for even the most vulnerable Americans. I’m thrilled with the vaccines, but we won’t have them for the most vulnerable Americans until February.” Her comment was about availability and logistics, not efficacy.
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