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Thursday, January 20, 2022

To fight Omicron, Biden plans aid from military and 500 million tests

The White House is trying to avoid talk of lockdowns at all costs, and, much to the panic of some, has stopped urging people to cancel travel plans, avoid public transportation and the like.

“This is not a speech about shutting down the country,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Monday. “This is the outline of a speech and is directly articulate with the American people about the benefits of vaccination, the steps we are going to take to increase access, increase testing, and take risks for non-vaccinated individuals.”

But Mr Biden will also acknowledge that the shape of the pandemic is changing, officials said. Breakthrough omicron infections are common, although scientists believe that vaccines will still provide protection against the worst outcomes. Many fully vaccinated and advanced people who become infected are experiencing mild symptoms or none at all.

One of the officials said Mr Biden would say that if people are vaccinated and follow other public health guidelines, including wearing masks in public places, “they should feel comfortable celebrating Christmas and the holidays with their families.” should”, said one of the officials.

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But beneath those notes of reassurance from the president lies deep concern among his advisers – and public health experts – about the ability of the country’s hospitals, which are already under great stress, to withstand an omicron surge. Even if the variant causes less severe illness and a relatively small percentage of those infected require hospitalization, experts say, the explosion in cases means it’s still possible. That hospitals will be overwhelmed.

“It’s a big concern,” said Dr. Marcus Plesia, chief medical officer of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers. “If a lot of people are getting sick, even if only a small fraction of them are getting seriously ill, it could still be a large number of people.”

Mr Biden with his Defense Secretary, Lloyd J. Austin III to prepare “an additional 1,000 service members — military doctors, nurses, paramedics and other medical personnel — to be deployed to hospitals during January and February as needed.” For a fact sheet prepared by the White House.

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