On Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the Biden administration had no idea when Americans' lives might get back to normal amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
This continues the ongoing theme of “normality” being pushed further and further into the distant future, from “two weeks to smooth the curve” almost a year ago.
A reporter asked Psaki, "The question of when do we get any semblance of normalcy also seems to be shifting."
. @ PressSec Psaki on When Americans Can Expect a Return to Normal:
"We're not in a place where we can accurately predict when everyone will feel normal again," pic.twitter.com/WyYMv42KIv
– Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) February 17, 2021
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Reporter: "When do we think we will return to a touch of normal?"
"DR. Fauci might have said a sense of normality in the fall. Then maybe you could go to the theater, go to sporting events, still wearing masks, of course," asked the reporter. "Well, it seems that this will be postponed early next year the President said maybe around Christmas, what's going on here? "
It is unclear which of Fauci's many statements the reporter is referring to, but ABC reports that Fauci's most recent statements point not to this fall, but to 2022 as a return to normal life.
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"When do we think we're going to return to some breath of normalcy?" the reporter pressed.
That was a good question. Response from Team Biden? We have no idea when we will get back to normal!
Psaki replied, "Well, that's the question, how am I sure every neighbor, friend, family member, at least me on the street, asks when I bring my dog in the morning."
PRESS SEC: Jen Psaki replies to citizens' tweets in a video released by the White House:
Tweet: "Will we ever go back to normal?"
Psaki: "That is certainly our hope." pic.twitter.com/3pdpCPqzMa
– Forbes (@Forbes) February 16, 2021
Psaki: "We don't know yet"
"However, we want to be in direct contact with the American public – we are not in a place where we can accurately predict when everyone will be feeling normal again, and that is for a number of reasons," added Psaki.
The White House press secretary then addressed the problem of some people who do not want to be vaccinated.
"For one thing, while, as you all know, we will have enough doses for every person in this country (because) we have been talking about it here, the hesitation of the vaccine remains a challenge," she added.
She added, “We need to make sure that everyone who can get a dose gets a dose. we will also have to mask for some time; We also still need to take social distancing measures. "
The Biden government does not appear to have a return to normal schedule.
"So, you know, there is an understandable question, of course, and I think the President wants things to go back to normal like we all do, but we don't yet know what this timeline is going to be like at this point," said Psaki.
@ JoeBiden: "There is nothing we can do to change the course of the pandemic over the next few months." pic.twitter.com/VGTBdgPSIf
– Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 22, 2021
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This is not a new position for the administration. After just two days in office, new President Biden admitted that "there is nothing we can do to change the course of the pandemic over the next few months."
Yesterday, Biden said we could be back to normal by “next Christmas”. Biden did not explain whether he meant this coming Christmas – in 2021 – or the following “next” Christmas in 2022.
In 2022, in line with Dr. Follow Fauci.
Hopefully there will be a schedule over the days and months that will return to normal for the Biden administration – and everyone else -.