President Joe Biden urged folks Tuesday to obtain their coronavirus vaccines and boosters — and uncharacteristically praised his predecessor in the method.
Biden, outlining the specifics of his plan to enhance testing and vaccination efforts in the face of a winter omicron wave, claimed that the work of the Trump administration made it potential for the United States to be “one of the first countries to get the vaccine.”
He additionally particularly pointed to former President Donald Trump’s announcement over the weekend that he, like Biden, had obtained his coronavirus booster shot and urged his supporters to do the identical.
“I got my booster shot as soon as they’re available, and just the other day former President Trump announced he had gotten his booster shot,” Biden acknowledged. “That may be one of the few things he and I agree on. People with booster shots are highly protected, so join us.”
The president additionally straight criticized folks he claimed are “peddling lies” and misinformation about vaccinations on cable tv and social media.
“It’s wrong. It’s immoral,” the president declared. “I’m calling on the purveyors of these lies and misinformation to stop it. Stop it now.”
Biden’s new omicron plan focuses on three particular targets:
- Surging help to hospitals throughout the nation.
- Providing “robust” entry to COVID-19 testing, together with sending 500 million at-home checks to individuals who want to obtain them.
- Expanding vaccination capability.
To assist hospitals, the president will deploy 1000’s of navy personnel with medical coaching to at-risk hospitals throughout the nation and has instructed Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to have an extra 1,000 troops on standby for the mission. The Federal Emergency Management Agency can even deploy nationwide response groups to assist hospitals construct out their COVID-19 capability and transport sufferers by ambulance to open beds. Furthermore, the Department of Health and Human Services is readying masks, gloves, ventilators, and different medical provides from the National Strategic Stockpile to be shipped to communities as wanted.
In addition to the five hundred million at-home checks, which individuals can be ready to enroll to obtain through a brand new on-line portal, the Biden administration is leveraging the Defense Production Act to surge the manufacture of coronavirus checks and plans to arrange new federally operated testing facilities. Many native communities had shuttered some of their free testing facilities since 2020.
Finally, the administration introduced plans to arrange extra vaccination clinics in coordination with native governments and deploy extra vaccinators to communities with low vaccination charges. The administration will proceed the advocacy campaigns urging eligible folks, which now contains everybody over the age of 5, to obtain their first and second doses and boosters wherever potential.
One White House official claimed that if folks “are vaccinated and follow the process that we all know well, especially like masking while traveling, they should feel comfortable celebrating Christmas and the holidays.” Biden himself echoed that thought throughout his speech Tuesday.
“We also know that if you are unvaccinated, you are at high risk of getting sick. This variant is highly transmissible and the unvaccinated are eight times more likely to be hospitalized and 14 times more likely to die from COVID,” that particular person continued. “Unfortunately, because we have about 40 million eligible yet still unvaccinated adults and because we know omicron is more transmissible, we are prepared for cases to rise.”
You can watch Biden’s speech in its entirety beneath.