Dr. Leana Wen, the former president of Planned Parenthood and now a CNN medical analyst, called for President Joe Biden to “go further” in placing restrictions on Americans who decline Covid-19 vaccines.
“I think what we will see with Omicron is a very large number of infections due to Covid-19,” Wen told Poppy Harlow on Wednesday. “The question, though, is are we going to see a decoupling of infections with hospitalizations and death? That would be ideal, the entire point of vaccination, the main point of vaccination, I should say, is to reduce severe illness. And so, if we’re able to avoid overwhelming our health care systems, that would be the goal.”
Wen called for Biden to do more to lock unvaccinated Americans down.
“I do have a lot of concern about what happens to parts of this country, for example, that have very low vaccination rates,” Wen said. “This is another reason why I think President Biden’s message yesterday was the right one in some way — in saying vaccinated people should move on with their lives with precautions. But I wish that he would go further to restrict the activities of the unvaccinated, because they are the ones who are still spreading Covid and prolonging the pandemic for all of us.’
National radio host Todd Starnes said Wen’s demands should be taken seriously.
“Considering her previous affiliation with Planned Parenthood, it’s clear that Ms. Wen has no respect for life — either inside or outside the womb,” Starnes said.