this White house It said on Monday that as the COVID-19 chaos sweeps through Europe, it has no plans to shut down the economy again, and the blockade is designed to stop the fourth wave of violent protests.
A German official announced that his compatriot will be “vaccinated, cured or died.”
Starting from Monday, Austrians were told to stay at home for 10 days, but could not go to work or school, or to buy groceries or exercise, which prompted thousands of people to protest on the streets of Vienna. Similar protests against part of the COVID-19 blockade broke out in the Netherlands, leading to fires and clashes with the police. Tens of thousands of Belgians took to the streets because politicians warned of a virus crackdown.
White house COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients stated that the United States has no interest in joining the dispute.
“No, we are not going in that direction. We have the tools to accelerate the escape from this pandemic-widely available vaccinations, booster injections, child injections, treatments, including monoclonal antibodies, to help people infected with the virus, “He said in a briefing by the COVID-19 Working Group. “We can contain the spread of the virus without shutting down our economy in any way.”
Virus peaks in Europe often herald the future of Americans. When the pandemic began, outbreaks in Italy and Spain preceded the large number of cases in New York City, and a variant called alpha hit the United Kingdom before hitting the United States and the rest of the world.
Mr. Biden faces resistance from workplace vaccine regulations, but he avoids talking about 2020-style restrictions. Instead, he prefers to promote vaccines and pre-order millions of courses of COVID-19 treatments.
Arthur Caplan, director of the Department of Medical Ethics at New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine, said that any push to renew severe business restrictions would be devastating for Mr. Biden, and “he’s already dead-arrived. When it’s dead”.
“Political, he is already in financial trouble. Restricting the economy will determine the fate of congressional elections,” Mr. Kaplan said.
“I don’t think there is evidence that you can control this stupid virus by locking people up. You get a little relief, and then prosper, and we are back,” he added. “The cost of restriction-large-scale restriction-is huge. If you have a purely drug option, it is totally untenable.”
Colorado Governor Jared Polis recently placed medical breakthroughs above limits when his state was battling a wave of the western mountains. He said he did not plan to issue mask directives statewide, because despite the mask regulations, the number of cases is comparable to that of New Mexico, and “scientists simply don’t know why there is a peak in our region.”
“If everyone is vaccinated, we won’t be talking about it here,” Mr. Polis, a Democrat, said at a press conference this month. “If you are not vaccinated, you will get COVID. Maybe this week, maybe this month, maybe next year.”
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is a Democrat who recently won re-election after fending off the COVID-19 shutdown attack. He promoted boosters and a plan at Monday’s virus briefing that will hopefully recover from the pandemic downturn. Recovered employers and workers are connected instead of shutting down again.
In addition to vaccines and technology, he said, “We have other treatments, monoclonal antibodies, which we don’t have. Thank God, we have antiviral drugs and more tools in our toolbox.”
The Mayor of Washington, DC, Muriel Bowser this week lifted the authorization of the city mask.
Erie County officials in Buffalo, New York, bucked the trend and said on Monday that they would re-implement the mask-wearing rule on Tuesday. If the number of cases does not decline, the county will review the vaccine authorization in the “second phase” and then consider the capacity restrictions or shutdowns in the third and fourth phases if the first step does not work.
Daniel Kuritzkes, Director of the Department of Infectious Diseases, said: “My personal opinion is that only if the number of hospitalizations related to COVID has increased significantly, threatening the overall capacity of the health care system. Take stricter measures.” At Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Mr. Zients said that despite his emphasis on scientific intervention, due to differences in community transmission and vaccination rates, decisions on how to manage the virus are often made at the local level.
He said: “We need to use the tools we have to get more people vaccinated to ensure people’s safety without going backwards in any form or form.”
He refused to impose an economic lockdown because his colleagues across the pond are struggling to cope with the mandatory vaccination in Austria starting February 1 (the first such step in the West) to the “partial lockdown” requiring the closure of bars and restaurants in the Netherlands, etc. The effect of the restriction measures was early. The protests in Rotterdam led to a confrontation with the police, who deployed tear gas and water cannons to the protesters who threw fireworks at them.
According to Agence France-Presse, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte described the protests as “idiotic” “pure violence”, and Belgian leader Alexander De Kro said similar protests by 35,000 people in Brussels were “absolutely unacceptable.”
In Germany, the outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that the number of infections doubled every 12 days in a “very dramatic situation,” which triggered a terrible warning from a senior health official.
German Health Minister Jens Spann said: “Maybe by the end of this winter, as sometimes cynical saying, almost everyone in Germany will be vaccinated, cured or dying.”
He promoted the vaccines of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna as Mercedes-Benz and Rolls-Royce of vaccines, but he does not rule out the possibility of another mass lockdown because Ms. Merkel hinted that stronger measures are needed .
According to Deutsche Welle media reports, approximately 67% of Germans are fully vaccinated, but in eastern regions such as Saxony, the vaccination rate is much lower, where cultural venues, restaurants, bars and Christmas markets will be closed for three weeks.
Some people think that the virus surge in Europe is a direct warning to the United States, which has climbed to more than 90,000 cases a day after falling to a low of 70,000 cases at the end of October. The number of hospitalizations has exceeded 50,000.
This is not as bad as Thanksgiving last year, when 170,000 cases were recorded every day in the United States, and an average of 90,000 people were hospitalized before the vaccine was introduced in December. But these numbers are moving in the wrong direction.
Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, said: “We are experiencing the beginning of the winter wave, the consequences of too many unvaccinated and the need to boost immunity to prevent infection.”
Scientists say that the current peak is driven by a fast-moving delta variant, which is just right as the antibody response to early vaccination begins to weaken. In addition, like Europe, the United States may have relaxed its mask guidance prematurely and opened the door for unvaccinated people to take off their masks.
Analysts said that even during the protests, they did not think European governments would be intimidated by their tough positions.
“It’s not surprising that Europe may embark on this path. Many countries are completely socialist countries, in which the government has answers to all things and all questions,” said Chris, the former governor of New Jersey. Colin Reid, a Republican strategist who spoke for Chris Christie, said a Republican.
However, in the United States, “the fact that Biden stepped on the brakes illustrates the political dangers that may be brought about by advocating such a policy,” Mr. Reid said. “It is obvious that Americans were tired of enforcing orders a long time ago. I think the way to solve this problem is to use vaccines and let people decide whether to get vaccinated or not.”
White house Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that every country is different, but the United States has sufficient vaccines, and Mr. Biden’s health team does not recommend stopping work.
Last year, officials advised people to avoid holiday gatherings, but the Biden administration told Americans that it should be safe to enjoy Thanksgiving with other vaccinated people on Thursday.
this White house Pray for approximately 47 million adults and 12 million teenagers who are eligible but have not yet been vaccinated to come forward. They also called on Americans who have been vaccinated to receive an additional dose of one of the three approved vaccines if they received the initial series of vaccines at least six months ago.
Cyrus Shahpar, COVID-19 Data Coordinator White house, Said on Twitter that 461,000 people came forward for the vaccine on Sunday and 890,000 people came forward for the booster injection.
Currently, four in ten Americans are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and 18% of fully vaccinated people (approximately 35 million people) received a booster vaccine.
It will be clear in the coming weeks whether it will be enough to help the United States avoid a full-scale disaster and European confrontation on the streets.
“People do feel tired. I have been vaccinated three times now and I am tired of these restrictions,” said Democratic strategist Brad Bannon. “I think we will get a real test because people will gather together for Thanksgiving and the holidays. If we get through the storm without a big outbreak, then we will be in good shape. I think it depends on people. Have you been vaccinated.”
• Jeff Modock contributed to this report.