In the effort to rid the United States of Covid-19, President Joe Biden faces his most challenging assignment yet: depoliticizing the pandemic. With medical evidence and surveys indicating that Republicans and residents of conservative states are less likely to be vaccinated, the President will have to find new tactics to sway an audience that is already inclined not to listen to him as fears of disease outbreaks spread across the country.
The fact that, after months of disinformation and claims about a rigged the election, millions of fans of ex-President Donald Trump believe Biden should not be in the White House complicates his mission — and underscores the need for a widening grassroots White House strategy. The topic of why some Americans are so hesitant to obtain the vaccine — a process that is jeopardizing efforts to eradicate the virus.
He kindly indicated that the highly transmissible Delta variety, which now accounts for more than half of all cases in the United States, might make them “think twice” about turning down a trip. Instead of lecturing or condemning vaccine skeptics, the President appealed to their hearts, appealing to their desire to protect their families, friends, and country, and warned that those who refused to get the injection remained at considerable risk.