President-elect Joe Biden said the country remains in a « very dark winter » due to the covid pandemic and warned that « things are going to get worse before they get better »
| 01/15/2021 | ionicons-v5-c18: 00 | – . |
He President elect of U.SJoe Biden said on Friday that the country is still in a « very dark winter » due to the covid-19 pandemic and warned that « things are going to get worse before they get better. »
« We are still in a very dark winter. Infection rates have increased 34 percent and now there are more people hospitalized due to covid than ever, » said Biden, who will take over the Presidency next Wednesday to replace Donald Trump.
The Democratic leader recalled that in U.S a daily average of « between 3,000 and 4,000 deaths is being recorded as we approach the grim milestone of 400,000 deaths. »
According to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University, U.S It remains the country hardest hit by the pandemic in the world, with 23.4 million cases and 391,098 deaths.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned on Friday that a much more contagious variant of the coronavirus, first identified in Britain, could rapidly advance in U.S and become the dominant vector of contagion in two months.
These projections are of particular concern for nursing homes and hospitals, many of which are already operating at or near their maximum capacity.
« I want to emphasize that we are deeply concerned that this strain is more communicable and may accelerate outbreaks in the US in the coming weeks, » said CDC Deputy Director of Infectious Diseases Jay Butler.
« We urge people to realize that the pandemic is not over and that it is by no means time to throw in the towel, » he added.
Biden, for his part, recalled families who have lost a loved one and said he shares « the frustration we all feel » because « almost a year later, we are still far from returning to normalcy. »
He President elect He reiterated that the launch of the vaccine in the US has been a « dismal failure », but promised to reach 100 million vaccinations in the first 100 days of his term.
« I am convinced that we can do it, » he insisted.
Biden said that once he takes office, he will immediately work with states to open vaccines to the highest priority groups and solve the problem of lack of distribution that is occurring with the opening of more vaccination sites.
« There are tens of millions of unused vaccine doses in a freezer, while people who want and need the vaccine cannot get it, » he said.
He anticipated that, after his first month in office, there will be a hundred vaccination points throughout the country in school gyms, sports stadiums or community centers, supported by the federal government, which will immunize millions of people.
He also promised the creation of mobile clinics that offer vaccines to hard-to-reach communities.
He President elect announced this Thursday an ambitious plan that it will present to Congress to refloat the economy and curb the impact of the pandemic for which it will ask for 1.9 trillion dollars in budget allocation