US President Joe Biden has disputed that his government mishandled the Omicron variant’s development.
“Nobody” could have foreseen that, he told a television network. Experts predicted variances, according to his senior adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci.
It comes only one day after the White House announced intentions to buy 500 million at-home coronavirus tests in response to a supply constraint.
As Christmas approaches, there have been enormous lines for in-person testing.
In a sit-down interview with ABC News on Wednesday, Mr Biden added, “I don’t believe it’s a failure.” “I believe we should have known a year ago, six months ago, two months ago, a month ago,” she says.
President Barack Obama said he wishes he had “considered” buying the 500 million test kits “two months ago.”
Mr. Biden called a lapse in Covid-19 testing during the Trump administration “a disgrace” a year ago.
On Wednesday, approximately 29,000 new cases were reported in New York City, setting a new single-day record for the epidemic and a 30 percent increase over the previous high established earlier this week.
Mr Biden smiled when asked by ABC about US Vice President Kamala Harris’ comments to the Los Angeles Times last week that the White House had not seen Delta or Omicron coming.
He answered, “How did we get it wrong?” “Nobody could have predicted it. Nobody in the entire universe. Who could have predicted it?”
The White House also announced on Tuesday that new testing centers will be opened around the country.
Jen Psaki, a spokeswoman for Biden, was unable to offer information regarding how and when the free test kits will be provided during a briefing on Wednesday.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s top coronavirus adviser, shot off any notion that the appearance of new Covid strains could not have been foreseen on Sunday.
He told reporters, “We absolutely were anticipating that there would be modifications.” “Because when there’s so much replication going on in the community, you know a virus will eventually change if you give it enough time to reproduce.”
“And occasionally such changes result in a new variation, as was the case with Delta and, to a lesser extent, Omicron.”
President Biden also confirmed to ABC News that he will seek re-election in 2024.
“But, hey, I’m a big believer in fate. Many times in my life, fate has intervened. If I’m in the same health as I am today, if I’m in good health, I’d run again “he stated
Mr. Biden also stated that the possibility of running against his predecessor, Donald Trump, “would enhance the likelihood of running.”