WASHINGTON — The newest surge of the coronavirus is one other reminder for President Biden of how laborious it’s to get forward of the pandemic.
Vaccine effectiveness has waned within the onslaught of Delta and Omicron. A spike in demand for testing is straining the system. And masks stay a political challenge throughout the nation.
Almost a 12 months into his presidency, Mr. Biden’s promise to “shut down the virus, not the nation” remains only partly fulfilled. Cussed resistance to vaccines amongst tens of millions and the arrival of the fast-spreading new variant have upended the president’s plans for a hopeful, end-of-the-year vacation season.
Only a week earlier than Christmas, Mr. Biden needed to supply a warning of gloom.
“We’re a winter of extreme sickness and demise — should you’re unvaccinated — for themselves, their households, and the hospitals they’ll quickly overwhelm,” Mr. Biden said at the White House on Thursday. “The entire level is: Omicron is right here, it’s going to begin to unfold rather more quickly at first of the 12 months, and the one actual safety is to get your pictures.”
Issuing dire new warnings isn’t the place Mr. Biden or his high advisers anticipated they might be at this level within the 12 months.