President Joe Biden announced a new strategy on Thursday aimed at countering a potential winter surge. Covid-19, without enacting universal bans, as the pandemic approaches its two-year mark.
Biden’s multi-pronged approach with a focus on expanding vaccinations to the rest of Americans who have resisted vaccinations, and providing boosters to an already eligible population is everything. adults. He’s also changing international travel regulations to require the tests closer to arrival in the United States and requiring insurance companies to pay for the tests at home.
However, he is stopping imposing school or business closures, denying them now as he works to sustain the country’s economic recovery.
“It’s not about shutdowns or shutdowns, but widespread vaccinations, boosters, testing and more,” Biden said, hoping to deliver a resolution as the pandemic continues to do. decline in his political standing.
He acknowledged the number of cases is likely to increase in the coming weeks, as the weather gets colder in many countries and people begin to gather indoors more. He noted that his proposed mandate for vaccination among major employers is currently court-bound, preventing any new claims in his winter strategy.
And he lamented the politicization of anti-Covid measures that public health experts recommend, saying it was a “sad, sad comment” that steps like wearing masks and vaccinations have become obsolete. an ugly divisive object.
“My plan that I am announcing today will not punch any punch in the fight against Covid-19,” he said. “I think, a plan will unite us.”
Omicron in the US: Biden’s speech, delivered from the National Institutes of Health campus in Maryland, comes as cases of the disturbing new Omicron variant begin to emerge in the United States and countries around the world. place tight new restrictions on travel and activity.
Biden touted actions like travel restrictions from southern Africa that he said had given his administration time to prepare and vowed to fight the new variant “with science and speed, not chaos.” confusion and confusion.”
But he said it was inevitable that cases would arise in the United States, preparing Americans for the continued presence of Covid for the foreseeable future.
“Experts say Covid-19 cases will continue to rise in the coming weeks and winter this year,” he said. “So we need to be ready.”
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