President Joe Biden called on Americans to walk a fine line in the coming weeks as the omicron variant takes hold throughout the country, saying they should be concerned about its spread but should not panic, as the U.S. is in far better shape than it was at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Biden delivered the call in a speech on Tuesday in which he laid out a new plan of attack for the coming weeks, headlined by the production of 500 million free at-home tests, a sped-up vaccination campaign, and the deployment of the military to help boost hospitals and medical facilities. All the while, Biden maintained that the U.S. will not be going through another series of lockdowns.
“We should all be concerned about omicron, but not panicked,” Biden said from the State Dining Room, emphasizing that vaccinated individuals, especially those who have received a booster shot, are “highly protected” against COVID-19. “This is not March of 2020. Two hundred million people are fully vaccinated. We’re prepared. We know more.”
Repeatedly, Biden made direct appeals to Americans to get jabbed, including at one point when he admitted that one of the most questioned directive of his administration — a vaccine mandate for…