President Biden Gets Covid – WSJ

President Joe Biden coughs as he speaks in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, July 15.


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The White House said Thursday that President Biden has tested positive for Covid-19 and all Americans wish him a speedy recovery. Mr. Biden joins the hundreds of millions of his countrymen who have been infected by the virus and the generally calm response shows how far the country has come since the political panic and government onslaught of 2020.

The White House says the president has mild symptoms including a runny nose, fatigue and a dry cough. With four months to go before his 80th birthday, the President is more vulnerable than most. But his doctor says he’s being treated with Paxlovid, Pfizer’s antiviral drug, which is reducing symptoms in many patients.

The President’s infection shows how hard it is to avoid the new and highly transmissible Covid variants. The White House has gone to great lengths to protect Mr. Biden, but there is only so much the staff can do if the president wants to do his job.

Despite persistent pleas from the White House and the public health elite, vaccination now offers little protection against transmission. Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker recently tested positive, and he’s one of America’s big vaccine bullies. So does Anthony Fauci, the ultimate salesman of Covid vaccines. The evidence is that the vaccines reduce the likelihood of severe Covid illness and hospitalization, although many elderly patients who have been vaccinated are still dying from the virus.

Some in the press are using Mr Biden’s infection to lecture that Americans are not taking Covid seriously enough. But since then, she and the health clergy have lost much of their credibility. Americans have learned to live with the virus despite ongoing risks because they have concluded that the costs of mandates, school closures and business closures are too high.

We and a few others have opposed shutdowns from the start, but the press and most politicians didn’t want to hear it. The scientists who wrote the Great Barrington Declaration and proposed a policy of “focused protection” for the elderly and those most at risk have been denounced and censored. Covid has been a painful lesson in the costs of media and elite compliance, although we wish we could say the conformists learned a lot from it.

President Biden was elected because he wasn’t Donald Trump and he promised to turn off the virus. He failed on the second promise, although that was never possible. We can at least be thankful that the virulence of the virus has decreased with its mutation.

The Biden administration’s biggest mistake was placing too much emphasis on masking and mandates while not devoting more resources from the March 2021 spending bill to developing treatments. But the science keeps advancing, and last week the Food and Drug Administration approved a new, more conventional vaccine from Novavax.

Unless Democrats impose price controls on drug innovations, we will continue to see further progress in fighting Covid.

Wonderland: Like other world leaders who embarked on lockdowns, Joe Biden and the Democratic Party are now realizing how complicated private business really is and how easy it is to destroy. Images: AP/Shutterstock/Bloomberg/Zuma Press Composite: Mark Kelly

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