Fresh off his own recovery from COVID-19, White House correspondent for the conservative Fox News network—Peter Doocy—attempted to grill White House press secretary Jen Psaki over the effectiveness of the lifesaving vaccines against the virus that has killed more than 800 thousand Americans.
Fox News has repeatedly given a platform to vaccine skeptics, with on-air talent like far-right host Tucker Carlson even claiming the government is concealing their ineffectiveness.
Doocy criticized President Joe Biden's frequent claim that we're in a "pandemic of the unvaccinated."
"I understand that the science says the vaccines prevent death, but I'm triple-vaxed, still got COVID. You're triple-vaxed, still got COVID. Why is the President still referring to this as a pandemic of the unvaccinated?"
"There is a huge difference between [minor symptoms] and being unvaccinated. You are 17 times more likely to go to the hospital if you're not vaccinated, 20 times more likely to die. And those are significant, serious statistics. So, yes, the impact for people who are unvaccinated is far more dire than those who are vaccinated."
Doocy went on to ask if the administration would update its language regarding the vaccines, to which Psaki responded that they'd always been clear there would be breakthrough cases, the overwhelming majority of which are less severe.
As recently as November 20, vaccinated people accounted for around 95 cases per 100 thousand people, while unvaccinated people accounted for 474 cases per 100 thousand, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
People appreciated Psaki's emphasis on the risks of willfully remaining unvaccinated.
Meanwhile, social media users were none too pleased with what Doocy's question seemed to suggest.
This is far from the first time Doocy and Psaki have had a tense exchange in the briefing room.