Biden announces new rules for epidemic prevention

US President Biden delivered a public speech on the latest situation of the new crown pneumonia epidemic on the 13th local time. Biden said that the current new round of epidemics caused by the Omicron strain is seriously affecting the United States.

At present, nearly one million people in the United States are infected with the new crown virus every day. The unwillingness to wear masks and the difficulty in purchasing masks have become a major problem. Hospitals across the U.S. are overcrowded, and the healthcare system is overwhelmed.

To this end, Biden announced two plans on the same day to solve the current thorny problems. He called on the public to actively cooperate with the epidemic prevention work.

In his speech, Biden announced that the administration will soon announce a plan detailing how high-quality masks (such as N95 or KN95 masks) will be provided free of charge to the American public.

In order to call on the public to actively cooperate with the epidemic prevention work, wear masks. Biden calls wearing masks a “patriotic obligation”. He said that he can understand that wearing a mask makes people “uncomfortable” and “makes the neck sore”. But wearing a mask is an important means to stop the spread of the virus.

In addition, the surge in new coronary pneumonia cases caused by the Omicron strain has led to a large number of breakthrough infections. Biden is also facing increasing pressure from public opinion.

In his speech, he said that although vaccination does not completely prevent infection. It can greatly reduce the probability of serious illness. And “if you are not vaccinated, you are 17 times more likely to be hospitalized after contracting the new coronavirus.”

Talking about the current pressure on the medical system. Biden said that the government will send 6 additional federal medical teams to Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island and New Mexico. To alleviate the shortage of local medical staff problem.

He also directed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help ensure there are enough hospital beds for patients.

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