Get your vaccines, get your booster shots, and be prepared for a harsh winter ahead if they don’t follow the official guidelines. This is the message President Joe Biden will relay Tuesday to the nation about the latest government plan for countering the growing coronavirus Omicron variant.
Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, previewed Saturday’s pre-Christmas speech via Twitter. She noted that there is a “stark warning for Americans who are not vaccinated” She stated that the president would announce new steps to help communities in need. The additional action is a continuation of the government’s winter plan, which includes more testing and booster shots for adults. She stated that “We are ready for the rising case volumes.”
According to the New York Times coronavirus tracker, there has been an increase in US cases since November. The daily average case was almost 126,000 as of December 17, up from the beginning of the month’s 86,500.
CNN reports that officials from the government health department in the Biden administration discussed changing the White House’s message to emphasize the severity of the pandemic rather than the overall case.
It’s not about the cases. “It’s about severity,” Xavier Becerra (the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services) said to reporters this week. The government seems to be forewarning further crackdowns.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stated Friday on CNBC’s “SquawkBox” that COVID protocols could become more restrictive with the Omicron variant.
Breitbart News reported that the president had warned 24 hours earlier that people who don’t get vaccinated would face a difficult time.
Biden stated, “For the unvaccinated: If you aren’t vaccinated, we are looking at a winter full of severe illness and death.” “For their families, their loved ones, and the hospital that they’ll soon overtake.””Omicron has arrived. “It’s going to start spreading much faster at the beginning of this year, and your only real protection is getting your shot,” he stated.