Last week, Vice President Kamala Harris said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times that the Biden administration “didn’t see” the emergence of various COVID-19 variants coming. Harris blamed the failure on scientists, whom she claimed failed to predict the different variants, such as omicron. It was a scathing indictment of both the “trust the science” mantra and the incompetence of the pandemic response of the Biden administration. However, Anthony Fauci rejected such claims and said the White House was warned.

“We didn’t see delta coming. I think most scientists did not — upon whose advice and direction we have relied — didn’t see delta coming,” Harris said in the interview. “We didn’t see omicron coming. And that’s the nature of what this, this awful virus has been, which, as it turns out, has mutations and variants.”

Moreover, Fauci, rejected the vice president and said the administration was indeed warned about the potential harm the variants would cause.

“We did. We definitely saw variants coming,” Fauci said. He emphasized that they anticipated “there were going to be variants.”

“Because when you have so much replication going on in the community, if you give a virus enough opportunity to replicate, you know it's going to ultimately mutate,” Fauci said. “And sometimes, those mutations become a new variant, and that's what happened with delta, and certainly with omicron.”

Fauci did acknowledge they were unprepared for "the extent of the mutations and amino acid substitutions in omicron." He claimed that it was "unprecedented and came out of nowhere."

“When you have a virus which has 50 mutations, to me, that is really quite unprecedented. So, that is something you would not have anticipated,” Fauci said.

So much for “trust the science.”

This is important on numerous fronts. First, this signifies another campaign promise broken by Biden. He emphasized how he had a plan to fight the pandemic and shut down the virus. A year into his administration, things are arguably just as bad as when he took office in January.

Second, this means the Biden administration was premature last July 4 in “declaring their independence from a deadly virus.” And while Biden did say COVID-19 “has not been vanquished” in July, he did say it “no longer controls our lives” and that “it no longer paralyzes our nation.”

Biden sold the people a bill of goods that he failed to uphold. He promised he had a plan. He promised he would shut the virus down. Yet, more people have died from COVID-19 during his year in office than in 2020, when the virus was new. And this has happened with Biden having the benefit of the availability of vaccines. It's not Biden's fault that so many variants and mutations have occurred. However, it is his fault for making promises he could not keep, promises he claimed were made based on science.

Yet, as is often the case with science, such promises were disastrously wrong.