Biden government rules out another shutdown of the economy despite Covid uptick

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  • The Biden government ruled out another economic shutdown despite increased Covid-19 infections.
  • “We can curb the spread of the virus without having to in any way shut down our economy,” said Jeff Zients.
  • Zients pointed out that at least 82% of the U.S. population have received at least their first dose of vaccine.

The Biden government said another shutdown of the economy is unnecessary despite the recent increase in Covid-19 infections. Thus, there will be no new lockdown mandates or limitations of economic activities in the country.

Jeff Zients coordinates the White House’s response to the pandemic. This Monday, he was asked if they had considered imposing new lockdowns. Other countries affected with a new wave of infections, such as Austria, are doing this. Zients was asked about the possibility of any partial shutdown of the economy. His answer was clear. Zients assured that the United States is not taking that course.

Biden government rules out another shutdown of the economy despite increased Covid infections

Biden government rules out another shutdown of the economy despite increased infections
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Instead of returning to lockdowns, the White House has ensured that the country has other “tools” to face a new wave of infections. These include vaccine boosters and medical treatments such as monoclonal antibodies and other new drugs that are being developed.

“We can curb the spread of the virus without having to in any way shut down our economy,” said Zients confidently. “We must use the tools we have and get more people vaccinated to keep people protected without going backwards in any way,” he added.

Getting vaccinated “is within our control”

Biden government rules out another shutdown of the economy despite increased infections
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Zients also pointed out during the press conference that at least 82% of the U.S. population have received at least their first dose of vaccine. He emphasized that vaccination, “is within our control,” referring to each citizens choice to get the shot.

Zients highlighted that the national decision on mass vaccination also depends on the decisions made locally, the EFE agency noted.

Covid-19 cases on the rise in the United States

Biden government rules out another shutdown of the economy despite increased infections
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The number of cases of coronavirus infections in the country continues to increase, just as holiday celebrations are approaching, starting with Thanksgiving this Thursday, November 25. More trips are expected on this date because millions are traveling throughout the country to visit with their families.

The United States is the country most affected by Covid-19. More than 47.8 million cases have been reported throughout the national territory since the pandemic began. More than 772,000 people died from the virus, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University.

Is vaccination mandatory?

Biden government rules out another shutdown of the economy despite increased infections
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President Biden has promoted large-scale vaccination at all costs, although he has had some setbacks in establishing as mandatory. Recently, a court confirmed the blocking of the president’s order to vaccinate all workers in certain U.S. companies. This policy to guarantee the safety of citizens will not be implemented until it goes through the courts.

EFE reported on Friday night, November 12, that a U.S. appeals court confirmed its decision to block an executive order from President Biden dictating that companies with 100 or more workers guarantee that their employees are vaccinated against Covid-19 .

Biden vaccination order for businesses faces hurdles

Biden vaccination order
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According to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit’s ruling, to which EFE had access, the Biden administration, “will not be able to take any measures to implement or enforce the mandate until there is a new court order.”

In that decision, Judge Kurt Engelhardt stated that the order issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is “too broad.” That is, it does not differentiate between businesses and workplaces.

Why the court of appeals said no to Biden’s vaccination order

“The public interest also benefits by maintaining our constitutional structure and by maintaining the freedom of individuals to make personal decisions in accordance with their own convictions, even when those decisions frustrate government officials,” Judge Kurt Engelhardt wrote.

The court of appeals confirmed its decision on Friday, November 12. It temporarily stopped Biden’s mandatory vaccination order for companies with 100 or more workers, EFE reported.

What did Biden’s vaccination order require?

That guideline established that large companies’ employees who do not want to be vaccinated must undergo weekly tests. They must also wear masks all the time. To date, that was the most significant government measure applied in the workplace against the pandemic. According to White House calculations, it could affect up to 84 million private sector workers.

About 70% of the adult population in the United States are already fully vaccinated. This figure has risen in recent months since the government began pressuring companies to have their workers vaccinated.

Who should get the booster shots?

FILE: Vials of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine are stored in a cooler before being used at a vaccination site in New York’s borough of the Bronx, Tuesday, January 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

President Biden’s administration had sought to obtain authorization for all adults to receive vaccine boosters. However, advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in September that it was unclear whether young, healthy people needed another dose. Instead, they recommended boosters only for those 65 and older and young people with chronic health problems or whose jobs put them at high risk of contracting the virus.

In California, the Public Health director, Tomás Aragón, sent a letter to local medical authorities and service providers. It tells them they should, “allow patients to determine their risk of exposure themselves.” He added, “Do not reject patients who request a booster,” if they are 18 or older and it has already been six months since they received their second dose of Moderna or Pfizer or two months since they received Johnson & Johnson, which is a single-dose vaccine.

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