In the wake of Omicron, Fauci said Americans who are not vaccinated are the real problem.
LA Times report that despite this, the president appears trapped in a negative feedback loop, putting the United States at risk of worsening supply chain problems and destabilizing the economy.
According to Gov. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Biden should stop referring to vaccination as a two-shot process and make it a three-dose procedure for optimal protection.
As part of his coming remarks regarding the Omicron variant, Polis said Biden should show the country how he plans to address that particular challenge.
“We can do very concrete things that actually reduce the costs for Americans,” Polis stated. The Colorado governor noted that the state is reducing vehicle registration fees and allowing new businesses to register for free.
Due to the surge of holiday travelers, the administration expects a rise in breakthrough infections.
According to Fauci, as long as they use precautions, such as wearing masks in crowded settings, such as airports, most people who have been vaccinated and gotten a booster are likely to be fine.
Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, tweeted Biden plans to address the fight against COVID-19 as well as government assistance for communities in need.
As well as warning the public, the president will also point out the risks associated with not vaccinating.
Speaking with NBC, Fauci said that Biden would urge people to get a booster shot again, emphasize the importance of testing, talk about surge teams for hospitals to cope with the pandemic and emphasize the importance of providing vaccines to the rest of the world.
“The one thing that’s very clear, and there’s no doubt about this, is its extraordinary capability of spreading, its transmissibility capability. It is just, you know, raging through the world, really,” Fauci announced.
“And if you look even here in the United States, you have some regions that start off with a few percent of the isolates that are positive, now going up to 30%, 40%, and some places 50%.”
Psaki reported announcement comes after Vice President Kamala Harris had informed the Los Angeles Times that the Biden administration “didn’t see Delta coming. I think most scientists didn’t see Delta coming.” She said.
“We didn’t see Omicron coming. And that’s the nature of what this, this awful virus has been, which as it turns out, has mutations and variants,” Harris added.
The vice president’s remarks raised doubts about the administration’s strategy in dealing with the pandemic.
As part of the Fourth of July celebrations marking progress with vaccinations inside the United States, Biden declared independence from the virus.
However, because the pandemic was global, the disease had definitely evolved as other locations waited for vaccination.
Meanwhile, NBC reported that Fauci saw the variants coming and that Harris’ comment “was taken a bit out of context,” saying that he thought Harris meant “the extraordinary number of mutations … particularly with Omicron. No one had expected it that much but we were well prepared and expected that we were going to see variants.”