As President Joe Biden prepared to offer “a stern warning of what the winter will look like” for unvaccinated Americans, the White House’s senior medical advisor stated Sunday that the COVID-19 omicron strain is “simply rampaging over the world.”
The “true difficulty” for the US medical system, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease specialist, is that “we have so many individuals in our country who are eligible to be vaccinated but have not yet been vaccinated.”
The potential of a cold winter brought on by a wave of coronavirus infections is a stark contrast to Biden’s optimism 10 months ago, when he said during a CNN town hall that the country will be back to normal by Christmas. Biden has been cautious not to overpromise, but a never-ending tide of COVID-19 mutations and variants has left many Americans emotionally tired, depressed, and fearful of infection.
In a separate appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, attempted to justify Trump’s earlier vow.
“It’s normal and acceptable to want and have an aim to be independent of the virus over a period of time,” Fauci added. “But one thing we’ve learned from over two years of dealing with this virus is that it’s incredibly unpredictable.”
With growing diseases posing a threat to the US supply chain and fueling inflation, Gov. Jared Polis, D-Colo., said Biden should stop referring to vaccination as two injections and a booster and instead refer to it as “three doses” that are required to optimum protection.
Polis shifted his focus to inflation, which is at a nearly four-decade high, saying that Biden needs to demonstrate the country how he is dealing with the growing cost of commodities in his statements on Tuesday about the omicron version.
“We can do real tangible things that actually decrease the expenses for Americans,” Polis said on NBC, citing Colorado’s reduction in car registration fees and elimination of the cost of starting a new business.
With the influx of holiday vacationers, the administration anticipates a succession of outbreaks. Most individuals who have been vaccinated and had a booster should be alright provided they take measures like wearing masks in busy places like airports, according to Fauci.
According to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, Biden will talk on Tuesday on the state of the battle against COVID-19 and government aid for communities in need. He will also be “giving a stern warning of what the winter will look like for Americans who choose to stay unvaccinated,” according to her.
On CNN, Fauci was asked if he expects a record number of cases, as well as hospitalizations and deaths. “Unfortunately,” he admitted, “I believe that is going to happen.”
According to Fauci, the president will push people to get the booster injection again, emphasize enhanced testing availability, propose “surge teams” for besieged hospitals, and emphasize the need of providing vaccinations to the rest of the globe.
“The one thing that’s evident, and there’s no denying it, is its remarkable capacity to spread, its transmissibility capabilities.” “It’s simply racing around the planet, actually,” Fauci explained. “And even here in the United States, you have some locations where just a few percent of isolates are positive, but now it’s up to 30 percent, 40 percent, and even 50 percent in some places.”
After Vice President Kamala Harris remarked in a Los Angeles Times interview that the Biden administration “didn’t see delta coming,” Psaki announced on Twitter on Saturday. Most scientists, on whose counsel and instruction we have trusted, I believe, did not see delta coming.” “We didn’t see omicron coming,” she continued. And that’s the nature of this horrible virus, which has mutations and varieties, as it turns out.”
The vice president’s comments cast doubt on the administration’s response to the outbreak. At a White House ceremony on July 4th to commemorate success with vaccines within the United States, Biden effectively declared independence from the virus, but the pandemic’s global nature meant that the illness might develop as others across the world awaited inoculation.
Fauci informed reporters that he predicted the variations and that Harris’ comment “was taken out of context,” implying that she was talking to “the exceptional amount of mutations… especially with omicron.” No one had anticipated it, but we were well-prepared and expected to see variations.”