As the number of Omicron variant cases continues to rise in the United States, President Joe Biden on Friday said he remains opposed to implementing vaccine requirements for domestic air travel, but still open to change his decision.
Biden said he doesn’t think vaccine requirements for domestic air travel are necessary “at this time.”
“I continue to rely on scientists… right now, they’re saying no,” he said.
While Biden acknowledged the fight against the pandemic was still long, he said “we have to defeat it before we shut it down.”
“The idea that you can build a wall around America to stop any COVID from all over the world isn’t there,” Biden said, sounding rather hoarse from the cold he said he got. from her little grandchild.
The address was originally intended to address Labor Department statistics released on Friday that showed the US economy grew by just 210,000 last month. Economists expect the north to see about 570,000 new jobs, after October’s revised total was close to 550,000.
“Our economy is significantly stronger than it was a year ago,” Biden said from the White House’s State Dining Room, noting that the nation’s unemployment rate fell nearly half a percent to 4. 2 percent – the lowest rate since the coronavirus pandemic forced millions of people out of work in March 2020. “We’re looking at the biggest single-year drop in unemployment ever.”
The “historic drop” in the unemployment rate, as Biden put it, as well as the recent revisions to the job count – the Bureau of Labor Statistics initially estimated just 194,000 jobs created in October 9, a number that has since been revised up by more than 60% – has led some economists to hope that the numbers are just going to stay low.
Biden then pivoted Friday’s sad job numbers to his “Build Back Better” plan, the supply chain crisis and the government’s continued fight against COVID-19, repeat strategy announced on Thursday to prevent another winter surge and combat the troublesome Omicron variant.
“This is a plan that all Americans can rally around, in my view,” Biden said.
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