NBC News claims big-name Democrats have noticed President Biden’s Omicron winter stumbles. Former health policymakers, including Biden’s transition team members, told NBC News that the Biden Administration must quickly revise its COVID strategy or risk losing public trust.
“I’m competent, I’m capable, I will tell the truth, and I will get a hold on COVID in a way my predecessor couldn’t and refused to do,” said Kathleen Sebelius, Obama’s Health and Human Services secretary. “Lives are still quite hectic and sort of messy, and when they thought they were getting out of it, they’re back in it,” she added, thanking the administration for fast making vaccines widely available. “The federal government must admit what is wrong now, and honestly, we have a testing mess. While I believe the president first stepped up to acquire the test kits and send them to people, we’re late to the game for several reasons. Since March 2020, the US has performed poorly on tests. That’s a problem, and I think it needs to be said because it’s something many people face every day,” Sebelius remarked.
Joe Biden thought he could “shut down the virus” by ordering everyone to wear masks for 100 days and finishing the vaccine rollout started by President Trump. Sadly, the task is more complex, and the president’s favorite scapegoat, the unvaccinated, is a shrinking minority. Currently, 86.4% of American adults have a shot. The unvaccinated do not cause a massive wave of Omicron cases or a shortage of tests.
Omicron is unique. It’s unlikely to kill you, and if you’ve been vaccinated and boosted, it’ll feel like a winter cold. However, even a non-fatal virus can cause significant issues by keeping workers homesick. Sadly, Biden lacks additional tools and ideas. The virus is too contagious to contain. Even in places with strict masking policies, cases explode, making old masking debates moot. He wants schools open but doesn’t criticize unions that want them closed.
Americans should be tested frequently to distinguish winter colds and flu from COVID-19. NBC News reports that making the promised 500 million at-home tests will take months. The Biden Administration’s approach lacks widespread testing. Let’s hope the worst is over soon.