Biden doubles order of COVID-19 pill in face of Omicron
Today President Joe Biden addressed the rising cases of Omicron (B.1.1.529) variant, emphasizing that all Americans who are able should get booster vaccine doses as soon as possible.
“You can still get COVID-19, but it’s very unlikely you will get seriously ill,” Biden said. “If you are vaccinated and boosted you are highly protected.”
Biden tried to offer a measure a calm as the nation tallied more than 1 million cases new cases yesterday in a post-holiday surge caused by the more transmissible variant, first identified on Nov 24 in South Africa.
The United States reported 1,082,549 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, and 1,688 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins COVID-19tracker. It’s unclear whether the newly reported cases included backlogs from holiday testing. The 7-day average of new daily cases is 486,658, with 1,276 deaths and 97,847 hospitalized, according to theNew York Timestracker.