Biden says lockdown not part of US’s winter Covid plan

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President Joe Biden has said that lockdowns and shutdowns are off the table in an upcoming strategy for how the US will deal with any winter wave of Covid-19.

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Speaking from the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Monday about the threat posed by the newly discovered Sars-CoV-2 omicron variant, Mr Biden said his administration would issue a “detailed strategy” about how the US spreads. Will fight with Covid cases are expected to rise this winter, when outdoor activities are halted in the northern part of the country due to cold weather.

Mr Biden said “the virus will be fought” not with shutdowns, not with lockdowns, but with more widespread vaccinations, boosters, tests and more. He said the vaccines and boosters would remain “free” for Americans.


The president said families could more easily vacation this winter if they were fully vaccinated, and contrasted the freedom and peace of mining provided by the availability of vaccines with the conditions of play a year ago, when Americans were advised to avoid gathering indoors. Group.

“Given where we were last year, it’s a blessing none of us should take for granted. We’re throwing our everything at this virus, tracking it from every angle, and that’s what we need to keep doing.” “We have moved ahead in the face of COVID-19. We have moved on to the Delta version and now we move on to the Omicron version as well.

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As he took questions from reporters after his remarks, Mr Biden was asked why the lockdown and shutdown were not on the menu of options his administration is considering to tackle a possible winter Covid wave.

He replied: “If people are vaccinated and they are masked, there is no need for a lockdown”.


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