WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) – President Joe Biden highlighted on Thursday the federal government’s efforts to help overwhelmed medical facilities combat the dramatic increase in coronavirus cases and staffing shortages caused by the coronavirus. highly infectious omicron variant.
“As long as we have tens of millions of people who won’t be vaccinated, we’ll have full hospitals and unnecessary deaths,” Biden said as he urged Americans to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
“Wear a mask that fits,” Biden said. “Please wear a mask.” The president admitted, “It was a pain in the neck” but said it made a difference.
“I know we are all disappointed as we head into this new year,” he said.
Biden announced that the US is deploying 1,000 military medical personnel to several states to help reduce staff stress at stressed hospitals.
Biden said additional medical teams will be deployed to Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio and Rhode Island.
Many facilities are struggling as their workers are quarantined at home due to the virus at the same time as the spike in nationwide COVID-19 cases. The new military deployments will be led by other federal health workers who have been sent to states to help address critical shortages.
Biden also announced that his administration will double its purchases to 1 billion rapid, at-home COVID-19 testing devices for free distribution to Americans.
For the first time, high-quality N95 masks, which are most effective at preventing transmission of the virus, will be among the masks distributed. He said his administration would announce details next week.
Biden said that the tests will be made available through an upcoming federal website and details will be announced next week.
On Tuesday, Janet Woodcock, acting head of the Food and Drug Administration, told Congress that the highly transmissible strain would infect “most people” and the focus should shift to ensure that critical services can continue uninterrupted.
“I think it’s hard to process what’s really happening right now, which is: Most people will get COVID, okay?” she speaks. “What we need to do is make sure hospitals can still function – transportation, other essential services are not disrupted while this happens.”
In the first day of this month, Biden pushes for more Americans to get vaccinated because omicron became the dominant bacterial strain in the United States.
“There is no reason for anyone not to be vaccinated,” Biden said. “This continues to be a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”
Biden’s comment came like a NewsNation poll of 1,000 registered voters, completed this week by HQ Decision Desk, revealing nearly 55 percent of respondents disapproved of the president’s handling of the pandemic, while 45 percent approved.
Scott Tranter, advisor to the HQ Decision Division, said its poll showed, “People don’t have a positive view of COVID (or) the economy and it seems like they blame Joe Biden.”
The NewsNation poll mirrors a number of recent polls on the pandemic, although in some cases it differs from surveys with larger sample sizes. Biden’s approval rating drops to 33 percent, his lowest, in a New Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. You can read the full NewsNation poll here.
About 33% of all Americans have received a booster shot, according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to CDC data, more than 62% of the population is considered to be fully immunized.
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