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Monday, January 24, 2022

Biden Announces Renewed Efforts Against COVID-19, Promises No Limits Or Additional Mandates

President Joe Biden on Thursday announced a series of measures that he hopes will help in the fight against COVID-19 as his administration struggles to control the disease, but has pledged not to try to forcefully lockdown areas after two cases were discovered. variants of the Omicron virus. United States.

Biden and his administration are extending the mandate to use masks on airplanes, trains and public transport until March 2022, helping to open hundreds of new vaccination clinics and forcing all international travelers arriving to test negative for COVID-19 within one day of departure, regardless of vaccination. status or nationality.

The president and his advisers are also stepping up marketing to try to convince all eligible Americans to get the booster shot, as more and more studies show that the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine diminishes over time.

This is all part of what the president called “a battle plan to fight COVID-19 this winter.” The plan, according to Biden, “has no impact on the fight against COVID-19” in the hope that these efforts “will unite us.”

According to Biden, the plan “does not include stops or blockages.” He also said that this does not include additional mandates. The three main mandates put forward by him and his administration are currently blocked by the courts, as judges said they were probably illegal.

Biden spoke at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, after meeting with leading medical consultants, including doctors. Anthony Fauci and Francis Collins.

Cases of COVID-19, caused by the Omicron variant of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, were identified this week in two different states, and scientists and officials believe the strain will emerge elsewhere.

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“We really expect there will be more cases,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters at the White House.

Omicron was first identified by scientists in South Africa last month, although genomic sequencing by Nigerian experts suggests it dates back to at least October.

South African scientists said in a pre-print article published Thursday that an analysis of the observational data showed that the variant evaded immunity better from a prior infection, commonly known as natural immunity, compared to earlier variants.

It is not yet known whether this option can better elude the protection afforded by vaccines, scientists say.

Meanwhile, health officials in America are urging people who haven’t been given the shot to get it, as well as those who need to get boosted. They also caution people against overreacting, highlighting that little is known about Omicron.

Biden said the United States is entering the winter in a “strong position” with nearly three out of four adults fully vaccinated, up from 1 percent this time last year.

He added that now many children can also receive the vaccine. Regulatory authorities have approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 and older, and one aspect of the new plan is to ensure that the FDA has all the resources it needs to authorize the vaccine if clinical trial data suggest its safety and effectiveness. younger children.

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Zachary Stieber covers US news, including politics and court cases. He started out for The Epoch Times as a reporter in the New York City subway.

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