Despite the advancement of the Omicron variant, Joe Biden will no longer impose restrictions on circulation in the US.
The White House press chief, Jen Psaki, confirmed this, who argued that "a person is 14 times more likely to die if they are not vaccinated."
The White House confirmed that despite the advancement of the Omicron variant in the United States, President Joe Biden ruled out reimposing restrictions on circulation. The White House press chief, Jen Psaki, confirmed this, who announced that the speech that the president will give tomorrow "is not about closing the country."
In a press conference, Psaki announced that "the president will speak to citizens tomorrow about what we can expect at the beginning of winter, and will detail the additional steps that will be taken."
"The President is going to reiterate that while vaccinated Americans get COVID-19 due to the high transmissibility of the Omicron variant, their cases will likely be mild or asymptomatic. A person is 14 times more likely to die if they are not vaccinated", Explained the official.
Along these lines, Psaki added: "In addition, he is going to reiterate that we are prepared and that those who are fully vaccinated have the tools to protect themselves with a booster dose and the use of masks where recommended by the CDC. Those who choose not to be vaccinated will send a warning and clarify that those who are not vaccinated will drive the occupation of hospital beds and deaths. This is not to scare anyone; it is to clarify the risks of not being vaccinated".
Biden previously said that the public health crisis has primarily become a problem for the unvaccinated, as the spread of the Delta variant had already led to an increase in infections across the country. "We have a pandemic for those who have not been vaccinated: it is that basic, that simple," he stressed.
The White House's top medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, made a television round the weekend, promising that the Democrat will issue "a stern warning of what winter will be like" for unvaccinated Americans.
Cases are increasing in parts of the US, particularly the Northeast and Midwest. However, it's not always clear which variant is driving the rally.
In New York City, where the mayor has said the new variant is already in "full effect," a spike is sinking Broadway shows and causing long lines at testing centers. Still, so far, recent hospitalizations and deaths are averaging well below their spring 2020 peak.
The city is also weighing what to do with its famous New Year's Eve party in Times Square. Mayor Bill de Blasio has said a decision will be made this week on whether the event will return "in full force," with attendees providing proof of vaccination, as promised in November. Last year's party was limited to small groups of essential workers.
Much is still unknown about the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, even if it causes more or less severe illness. However, scientists say it spreads even more quickly than other coronavirus strains, including Delta, and is expected to become dominant in the US early next year.
Early studies suggest that those vaccinated will need a booster dose to have the best chance of preventing an Omicron infection. Still, even without the extra amount, the vaccine should offer strong protection against severe illness and death.
Experts attribute most of the increase in cases and hospitalizations to infections among people who have not been vaccinated against the virus. The federal government states that 61% of the population in the country is fully vaccinated.