President Joe Biden on Thursday warned people who are not vaccinated against Covid-19 are looking at a very bleak and dangerous winter if they do not get their shots soon.
“I want to send a direct message to the American people: Due to the steps we’ve taken, Omicron has not yet spread as fast as it would have otherwise done,” Biden said during his Whitehouse Covid-19 briefing Thursday.
Biden also called on individuals to get vaccinated to protect the country’s economic recovery.
“We’re gonna protect our economic recovery. If we do this, we’re gonna keep schools and businesses open… and I want to see everyone around enjoy that. I want to see them enjoy the fact that they’re able to be in school, that businesses are open, and the holidays are coming.” Biden continued.
As of Wednesday, only 1 in 6 people in the U.S. are fully vaccinated and boosted against Covid-19. A statistic that does not account for vaccinated without the booster or immunity to the virus from past exposures.
Dr. Anthony Fauci told “Good Morning America” that he is certain Omicron will become the dominant coronavirus variant in the U.S. relatively soon. While also stating that there is no need for a variant-specific booster shot at this point, there will ‘no doubt’ be breakthrough infections.
While the United States holds the allegedly ‘most’ Covid-19 deaths, this is an aggressively skewed and misinformed data point. The U.S. leads the world with 50,5 million cases and 803,765 deaths. While you have China, where the virus came from, has had 112,661 confirmed cases and 4,809 deaths.
A massively understated data point. While other countries’ reports show in Europe, Russia had 289,292 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 147,396.
The importance of these metrics is to understand that this is all without accounting for the miscalculation of COVID-19 deaths and not taking into account other comorbidities.
Outside of the U.S., Omicron is currently the dominant strain of Covid-19, increasing in the UK, Scotland, Denmark, and other parts of Europe. Omicron potentially accounts for nearly 80% of all new COVID cases in Portugal by the end of the month.
While the globe sees a continual increase in Covid-19 cases with the Omicron, we see a reduction in hospitalizations. Scientists studying the variant stress that there is still much to be learned about the new variant. While the transmissibility is high, the variant seems to be less severe than other strains.