US President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday the outset of additional federal vaccinations and testing locations to address a rise in COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant. 500 million at-home tests will be made available for free beginning January.
Biden said that the unvaccinated should have a “good reason to be concerned,” indicating a caution for them. And later said that the vaccinated could come together during the holidays even with the new variant existing in the country, offering reassurance for them.
The president said to reporters at the White house, “No this is not March of 2020.” He then proceeded to add, “Two hundred million people are fully vaccinated, we’re prepared, we know more.”
One out of four Americans has not been vaccinated or refused to be vaccinated. And so Biden has stated how the unvaccinated “have a significantly higher risk of ending up in the hospital or even dying.”
To help alleviate the overload on hospitals, the president announced that 1,000 military medical workers will be assigned to provide assistance to overwhelmed hospitals with COVID patients.
Biden’s COVID-19 course of action has been widely criticized for its heavy emphasis on vaccines and underestimating the effects of the anti-vaccine movement in America.
The World Health Organization has released a statement concerning the Omicron variant, which they say will cause infections to double in 1 ½ to 3 days. At this point we don’t know how it differs from the Delta variant.
The Omicron variant is spreading at an alarming rate, and now accounts for more than 73% of all new infections in America.
With the recent increase in infections, long lines for COVID-19 tests have begun to emerge across America. People are committed now more than ever to finding out whether they’re infected or not so that this Christmas will be spent with their loved ones without any worries about infecting their families.
“If I don’t I could take a chance of sending it home to my family, and I’m not trying to do that,” said a person waiting in line to get tested in Washington.