The White House said it was surprised by the strong opposition to COVID-19 vaccines approved under former President Donald Trump.
“We didn’t anticipate that when there was a vaccine approved under a Republican president, that the Republican president took, that there would be such hesitation, opposition, vehement opposition in some cases, from so many people of his own party in this country,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday. “We didn’t anticipate that.”
President Joe Biden announced sweeping vaccine rules this week, arguing mandates for federal and private employees were needed to chart a path out of the pandemic. The president said unvaccinated Americans were slowing the country’s recovery from the coronavirus slamming GOP governors for thwarting pandemic restrictions.
Biden, in his speech on Thursday, “was channeling the frustration that millions of people across this country are feeling, who are vaccinated,” Psaki said, adding