President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the government needed more money to prepare for “the second pandemic,” which he assured reporters would come.
Biden, responding to a question about making vaccines available to young children in the wake of the most recent Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs), said that his administration was working to make sure that there were enough vaccines — but that his administration was also investing money into preparing for the next pandemic.
The reporter asked about the number of doses of the COVID vaccines were available for school-aged children — and how many the government was prepared to provide before the administration asked for more money to manage the costs.
“We’ll get through at least this year,” Biden began, adding, “We do need more money. But we don’t just need more money for vaccines for children, eventually. We need more money to plan for the second pandemic. There’s going to be another pandemic.”
“We have to think ahead,” President Biden continued, going on to take a swipe at former President Donald Trump and suggesting that a lack of preparation on his part had increased the impact of the COVID pandemic. “That’s not something the last outfit did very well, and that’s something that we’ve been doing fairly well. That’s why we need the money.”
Critics immediately suggested that another pandemic — or at least another COVID variant — was all part of a plan to insure that mail-in ballots were the standard for the 2022 midterms and perhaps beyond.
“We know Joe. You guys need those mail in ballots and this is your excuse,” Tim Swain tweeted.
“Promises, promises,” Alexandros Marinos added.
Jeff Carlson tweeted, “The DNC’s ‘Mid-Terms Mail-in-Ballot’ prep work begins …”
“These people can take their pandemic panic porn & stick it where the sun doesn’t shine,” @ITguy1959 tweeted.
Others argued that the federal government had plenty of money to throw around when it came to sending billions of dollars in support for Ukraine and to managing the flow of illegal immigrants at the southern border.
“Joe Biden predicts a second pandemic, he ‘feels it,’ like the plan is bubbling and the WHO will lower the boom on us in fall. We need money. Yet Joe is slinging it about like confetti. $54.4B to stand w Ukraine, and more$ to come, and big $ for the DHS migrant travel agency…” Tosca Austen argued.