Biden's call to arms President reveals pandemic battleplan
The Guardian|December 03, 2021
Joe Biden has announced new actions to combat the coronavirus in the US, including a nationwide campaign encouraging vaccine booster shots, an expansion of at-home testing and tighter restrictions on international travel.
David Smith

Buffeted by the emergence of the Omicron variant and a political backlash from Republicans, the president visited the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, yesterday and laid out a pandemic battle plan for the winter months.

“My plan pulls no punches,” Biden said. “It is a plan that should unite us.”

Biden announced steps to ensure that the nearly 100 million eligible Americans who have not yet received their booster shot do so as soon as possible. There is new urgency to the effort after the first US case of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 was identified in California on Wednesday and a second one in Minnesota yesterday.

The president pledged to expand availability during December while chemists send millions of texts and emails to their eligible customers with information on how they can schedule an appointment or walk-in for a booster.

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