President Joe Biden says the Covid rise must be addressed at the state level, and he pledges full federal cooperation.
The president may be worried that federal efforts to control the virus would be ineffective without the participation of states. President Joe Biden said on Monday that he would help governors dealing with the omicron version of Covid-19, but that states would have to take the lead in containing the epidemic.
“There is no federal answer,” Biden stated immediately before a meeting with several of the country’s governors. This is resolved on a state-by-state basis.”
Those remarks are one of the clearest indications yet from the Biden administration that it will require state and local governments’ assistance in combating the spread of Covid-19.
It might also be an effort to put more pressure on governors to do more to combat the illness.
CNBC’s request for clarification was not immediately answered by the White House.
Following his statements, Biden was asked whether he supports updated suggestions for shorter quarantine periods.
“I have faith in my medical staff.” “If I receive a suggestion, I take it,” he said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have updated its advice for those who may have been infected with the virus. Instead of the normal 14-day quarantine, the CDC now recommends that suspected exposures be subjected to a 10- or seven-day quarantine depending on test findings and symptoms.
The omicron variety offers a multidimensional challenge to Biden, who ran on the government’s capacity to combat the epidemic. On Monday, the president reaffirmed several of his campaign pledges, including the federal government’s purchase of 500 million fast coronavirus tests.
“My advice to the governors is simple: say something if you need anything,” he remarked. “We’ll be there for you in whatever way we can.”
The government intends to make the tests available to all Americans for free, fund additional immunisation and testing centres, and send 1,000 military medical personnel to help hospitals around the country.
However, the virus’s propensity to mutate, propagate, and sometimes result in positive cases among vaccination recipients has made the administration’s vow to halt the epidemic more difficult to achieve. Both the virus and the vaccination have become political footballs. Many Americans, particularly those who favour former President Donald Trump, are anti-vaccination.
Governors’ reactions to the Biden administration’s initiatives have been uneven, reflecting differing attitudes regarding the virus and public safety concerns throughout the country.
In October, Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order barring any institution, including private enterprises, from requiring Covid-19 vaccinations for workers or customers. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2024, has recently defied federal public health advice and reduced mask and vaccination restrictions.
For weeks, the Biden administration has emphasised that during the 2021 holiday season, Americans should take special precautions to safeguard their families from the disease’s spread.
Covid-19 instances spiked during the Christmas holiday weekend, prompting the president’s statements.
In the last week, the highly infectious omicron variant has caused more coronavirus cases in a handful of states, including New Jersey and New York, than in any other seven-day period during the pandemic.