The White House is expected to announce new steps to deal with the risks posed by the contagious virus Omicron this Tuesday.
Most likely the Biden Government is planning to buy 500 million at-home COVID tests kits and will be sending them to individuals who have asked for them.
A senior administration official reported on Monday, that the at-home COVID tests kits will begin delivering from January next year with the first delivery before Christmas.
In the speech at 2.30 p.m. EST, President Biden is going to share more details about the easily accessible kits and the new plans to aid overwhelmed hospitals that will enhance the capacity for the Americans getting vaccinated.
Biden will also offer assurance to the Americans who have taken the vaccine shots prior to Omicron, that they are more protected by having a highly boosted immunity to fight against the virus. Biden will also make clear that vaccinated people would unusually get affected by the COVID new variant, but they would have mild to negligible symptoms.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated in a press brief on Monday, “To be clear: Covid-19 is not the same threat to fully vaccinated individuals that it was in March 2020.”
Biden administration officials added “They should feel comfortable celebrating Christmas and the holidays as they planned,” adding that they should take precautions while traveling like wearing masks and having social distancing.
Jen Psaki added in a press brief on Monday that Biden is not planning to announce new restrictions on businesses and schools.
She added “This is not a speech about locking the country down. This is a speech outlining and being direct and clear with the American people about the benefits of being vaccinated, the steps we’re going to take to increase access and to increase testing, and the risks posed to unvaccinated individuals.”
In January, the Biden Administration is planning to launch a website as well where Americans would be requesting free COVID test kits. The government is also planning to deploy more than 1000 military personnel to aid the hospitals in the surge as it’s unclear how long it will take to recover the loss.
“Omicron is going to peak by mid-January, so it may miss a fair amount of this surge,” he said. “But better late than never. We have no idea how long this surge will last. This surge could go on for a couple of months.”
US Updates on the Omicron virus:
The CDC last week reported 2.9% of the omicron cases which is now revised with the dominance of 73%.