Vice President Kamala Harris has some egg on her face once again as she said that she and no one in the Biden administration could see the deadly COVID variants coming.
Both the deadly delta and the highly contagious omicron variants are currently present in the United States. The newer omicron variant is expected to quickly replace the delta as the dominant strain, which spread over the summer. Despite the trouble being caused by both variants, the VP admits that the administration failed to see either of them coming.
“We didn’t see delta coming. I think most scientists did not — upon whose advice and direction we have relied — didn’t see delta coming,” she said in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times. “We didn’t see omicron coming. And that’s the nature of what this, this awful virus has been, which, as it turns out, has mutations and variants.”
Despite her admission of failure, Harris denied to the Times that President Biden had prematurely declared victory over the virus in the days before delta became prevalent in the United States.
“While the virus hasn’t been vanquished, we know this: It no longer controls our lives,” he said July 4. “It no longer paralyzes our nation. And it’s within our power to make sure it never does again.”
Harris is unpopular and has faced widespread criticism over her performance. She declined, though, to say whether her race or gender had contributed to the criticism.
“I’ll leave that to other people to evaluate,” she said.
Harris was once was viewed as an heir apparent to Biden, but Democrats are reportedly considering other alternatives if the President decides not to seek reelection.
Harris’ performance in public has frequently been panned, alternatively as oddly inappropriate or robotic.
She frequently sticks to her script. Over the last few months, her approval ratings have been plummeting, as has the President’s himself. It is hard to see how admitting a major error in handling the pandemic is going to help improve the popularity of either of them.