Biden to announce ‘six-prong’ COVID plan on Thursday
Biden to deliver major COVID speech on Thursday outlining a ‘six-prong’ plan based on more vaccine mandates and school policies
- President Joe Biden to deliver major COVID speech on Thursday
- It will present a six-pronged strategy “working across the public and private sectors to help keep the pandemic under control,” said Jen Psaki.
- Asked about possible new mandates, Psaki said the White House would offer more details later on the plan.
- United States leads the world in COVID-19 cases and deaths, struggling to control the highly contagious Delta variant
- Reuters data shows more than 20,800 people have died in the United States from COVID-19 in the past two weeks
President Joe Biden will present a six-pronged strategy on Thursday to combat the spread of the highly contagious variant of COVID-19 and increase U.S. vaccinations against COVID-19, the White House said on Tuesday.
The United States, which leads the world in COVID-19 cases and deaths, struggles to stem a wave of infections caused by the variant even as authorities try to persuade Americans who have resisted the vaccination to get vaccinated.
The surge in cases has raised concerns as children return to school, while shaking investors and disrupting plans to return to the company’s office.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters traveling with Biden aboard Air Force One that he would set the six-pronged strategy “working in both the public and private sectors to help keep it under control. pandemic”.
President Joe Biden to deliver major COVID speech on Thursday outlining a new six-pronged strategy to tackle the highly contagious Delta variant
Asked about possible new mandates, Psaki said the White House would offer more details on the plan later and acknowledged that the federal government cannot generally mandate that Americans get vaccinated.
“We need to continue to take more steps to make sure school districts are prepared and communities across the country are prepared,” Psaki added.
Biden is due to meet with White House COVID-19 advisers on Wednesday.
The United States has recorded an estimated 650,000 deaths from COVID-19 and passed 40 million cases last week.
Reuters data shows more than 20,800 people have died in the United States from COVID-19 in the past two weeks, up about 67% from the previous two weeks.
Hospitalizations have increased, with seven US states – Alaska, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Tennessee and Washington – reporting records this month.
Biden had previously announced plans to offer booster shots more widely, pending regulatory approval.
His chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci said on Tuesday authorities were still aiming to do so from the week of September 20.
Food and Drug Administration advisers are expected to meet on September 17 to consider a possible third injection of the two-dose vaccine from Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE, the only COVID-19 vaccine to have yet received full agency approval. .
Fauci said CNN Pfizer’s third shot looks likely to be deployed first, with Moderna Inc’s version “following closely behind.”
Moderna has sought full FDA approval for its two-dose vaccine.
Booster doses are already approved by US regulators for people with weakened immune systems.
U.S. officials have said they expect vaccines to be approved for children under 12 this winter.
With U.S. students already starting a new school year, battles over public health efforts, including requiring students to wear masks, have erupted in many places across the country.
In the private sector, a growing number of American employers have imposed vaccination mandates for employees. The Biden administration has praised efforts by businesses, universities and others to boost vaccinations.
According to Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention, 62.3% of Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 53% – 176 million people – are fully immunized.
Including the vaccine-eligible population – people 12 and older – 72.9% have received at least one dose and 62% are fully immunized, according to the CDC.