In rare moments of anger, the President Joe BidenCable news channels and social media users were criticised for spreading false or misleading information. coronavirus vaccinations, saying at a press conference Tuesday that the behavior is not only “immoral” but deadly.

“The unvaccinated are responsible for their own choices, but those choices have been fueled by dangerous misinformation on cable TV and social media,” he said while addressing the need for unvaccinated Americans to protect themselves against the fast-spreading new omicron variant.

“You know, these companies and personalities are making money by peddling lies and allowing misinformation that can kill their own customers and their own supporters. It’s wrong, it’s immoral,” he said, his voice rising. “I call on the purveyors of these lies and misinformation to stop it. Stop it now.”

Biden didn’t identify his targets by their names.

Fox News’ conservative commentators have routinely played down COVID-19 risks to viewers and have raised alarms about the vaccines, which have proved to reduce serious illnesses and deaths. This angle comes even as Fox News employees at the network’s New York headquarters are required themselvesTo be fully vaccinated. All employees are vaccinated, no matter where they work. required to discloseThey will inform the company about their status in vaccinations.

An analysis by the Kaiser Family FoundationA study released last month revealed that Fox News viewers and others who are conservatively inclined were more likely than people who read news from elsewhere to believe falsehoods regarding COVID-19, vaccines and the like.

Biden seemed to direct call out to Trump’s conservative supporters in Tuesday’s vaccination appeal. He noted that Trump and he have been friends for many years. both gotten their COVID booster shots.

Joe Biden, the President of the United States speaks at the White House Tuesday about COVID-19 responses and vaccinations
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“It may be one of the few things he and I agree on,” he added.

Although scientists still have much to discover about the omicron variation, it was discovered for the first time in South Africa just last month. believe it to be significantly more contagiousthan the variant delta. Omicron cases from the U.S. nearly three-quartersIt is the predominant strain currently due to new U.S. infection.

“We should all be concerned about omicron but not panicked,” Biden said Tuesday, while urging the remaining tens of millions of Americans who have yet to get a booster to get this third shot so that they are fully protected.

“It’s the only responsible thing to do,” he said. “Omicron is serious and potentially deadly business for unvaccinated people.”


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