President Joe Biden delivers a progress report on the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and shares his administration’s plans amid the rapid ascent of the new and highly contagious omicron variant.
Anticipating a surge in cases this winter, the administration is expected to focus on increasing support for hospitals, expanding access to free Covid tests and increasing the capacity to deliver inoculations.
Omicron has become the dominant variant in the U.S. making up 73% of all reported cases. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said based on omicron’s growth rate she “anticipated this number would be about this high at around this time.”
The CDC director said there have been reported deaths from omicron, “although there have been a minority of them, fewer than we’ve seen for other variants so far.”
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Biden speaks on the nation’s fight against Covid-19 as omicron cases surge — 12/21/2021