As the number of confirmed cases in the USA tops 40 million, as per John Hopkins University data with as many as 150,000 new cases being confirmed daily, there is a need for an overhaul in the strategy being adopted to contain the transmission of the coronavirus, especially the fast-spreading delta variant.
President Biden Announces A New Strategy To Stop The Spread Of The Delta Variant Of The Covid-19 Virus.
ICU beds in some Southern states are now been fully occupies and the healthcare facilities are experiencing severe strain.
The US accounts for around 5% of the total Covid-19 cases globally and as many as 650,000 people have lost their lives due to Covid-19. To stop the spread of the contagious delta variant, the White House has confirmed that President Biden shall announce a new strategy on Thursday.
Based on an update from the White House, the President is expected to lay out a multi-pronged strategy that involves the participation of public and private sectors to curb the spread of the virus.
In response to the surge in the number of cases, the President has already mandated vaccines for federal employees and defense employees in the nation. However, the federal government has limited legal authority and it is up to the states to announce vaccine mandates.
Some private corporations are already doing their bit by mandating vaccine mandates for their employees to attend offices. However, these restrictions are for large corporations. It is expected President Biden shall encourage all public and private sector businesses to follow vaccine mandates and other restrictions.
President Biden is expected to not only announce a strategy to curb the spread of the virus but also announce economic measures for businesses affected due to the virus. Recent jobs reports for the month of August have been disappointing.
In an update provided by the White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, announced that the government is looking at asking states to consider federal funding to provide unemployment benefits to citizens, especially in parts severely affected by Covid-19. The Rescue Plan will continue to support families, communities, and businesses, especially the small and medium enterprises worst impacted by the virus.
Since children are expected to return to schools for the fall semesters for in-person classes, parents worry about the safety of their kids. Psaki also alluded that there shall be measures announced for schools and universities in order to avoid the spread of the virus and calm parents who have been worried about sending their wards for in-presence studies at schools and colleges. Psaki also referred that there will be economic measures announced for schools and childcare centers to begin operations.
President Biden’s remarks are also expected to clarify the case for booster doses, which are scheduled to start 11 days later. Vaccine manufacturer Moderna is yet to submit data for booster dose and only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for booster so far.
The silver lining of course is that the pace of vaccination in the country is increasing at a rapid pace and 75% of the country’s adult population has received at least one shot of the Covid-19 vaccine.