Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) took to Twitter Monday, claiming Biden's rhetoric surrounding the “end of the pandemic” was unjustified if he doesn't let unvaccinated soldiers back into the armed forces.
“Biden declared the pandemic is over. So, when will he let those discharged from the military due to vax mandates return to protecting our country?” DeSantis tweeted.
Biden declared the pandemic is over.
So, when will he let those discharged from the military due to vax mandates return to protecting our country?
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) September 19, 2022
DeSantis was responding to President Biden's recent '60 Minutes' interview, where he declared the “pandemic is over.”
“The Pandemic is over.” Biden stated with confidence. “We still have a problem with Covid, we are still doing a lot of work on it. But the pandemic is over. If you notice no one is wearing masks, everybody seems to be in pretty good shape. So I think it is changing.”
Biden's handlers and advisors claimed he jumped the gun, and the pandemic is not yet over. But the damage was already done.
Biden health advisor Anthony Fauci claimed in a recent fireside chat with the Center for Strategic and International Studies: “We are not where we need to be if we are going to quote ‘live with the virus’ because we know we are not going to eradicate it. The next question we ask: Are we going to be able to eliminate it from our country or from most of the world?’ and the answer is unlikely, because it is highly transmissible and the immunity that’s induced by vaccine or infection is also transient.”
Lloyd Austin mandated that all active servicemen and women receive the COVID-19 vaccination in August 2021. And there are consequences to not following through with that mandate. Towards the beginning of this year, branches of the armed forces began dismissing holdouts who refused to take the vaccine. As the New York Times reported in February:
“‘In a statement on Wednesday, Christine Wormuth, the secretary of the Army, cited the need for combat readiness in announcing that the small number of soldiers still refusing shots would be dismissed.