Due to the rise of variants, the CDC has been recommending booster shots of the COVID vaccines. Monday they recommend that everyone 18 and older should receive them. Biden said that the new variant, known as Omicron, was cause for concern but not panic.
Previously, the CDC had recommended that older Americans over the age of fifty get a booster shot, especially the immunocompromised and those with medical conditions. However, since the new variants number of mutations could possibly give it a higher chance of penetrating immune defenses, they are now urging younger adults to receive a booster shot. Vaccines are still expected to offer some protection, while the White House has always emphasized getting fully- vaccinated as a defense against the virus and it’s variants.
“Sooner or later, we’re going to see cases of this new variant here in the United States,” Biden said in previous remarks from the White House. “We’ll have to face this new threat just as we faced those that came before it…
“First, this variant is a cause for concern, not a cause for panic. We have the best vaccines in the world, the best medicines, the best scientists, and we’re learning more every day. We’ll fight this variant with scientific and acknowledgeable actions and speed, not chaos and confusion. And we have more tools today to fight this variant than we’ve ever had before – from vaccines to boosters, to vaccines for children five years and older and much more…
“Second, the best protection – and I know you’re tired of hearing me say this – the best protection against this new variant – of the variants out there – the ones we’ve been dealing with already – is getting fully-vaccinated and getting a booster shot. Most Americans are fully-vaccinated, but not yet boosted.”
As with the vaccines and their mandates, conservative media has politicized the concern over the most recent variant by falsely claiming that it is a midterm hoax cooked up by the Democrats to keep themselves in control, through not just vaccine requirements, but masks and lockdowns. Former physician – Ronny Jackson – to the former president, claimed in a tweet that it was a midterm hoax created by the Democrats.
“Here comes the MEV – midterm election variant. They need a reason to push unsolicited nationwide mail-in ballots. Democrats will do anything to cheat during an election, but we’re not going to let them!”
Fox News dimwit Julia-Compost Duffy claimed it was another excuse for Pete Buttigieg not to do is job. The results of the midterm election are less than a year away, but that won’t stop Republicans from fear-mongering about their opponents. It merely serves as a distraction from the fact that Republican politicians have no meaningful policies to run on, and have failed the American people on a proper pandemic response that could and should have resulted in hundreds of thousands of less people dying.
The only response, naturally, is to blame Biden and the Democrats for their own failures.
Sources: The Washington Post, the whitehouse.gov.