Biden assured that a “dark winter” awaits the US but ruled out a “national closure” to curb the pandemic

The president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden.

The president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden, explained this Thursday that despite the “dark winter” looming over the country, rules out a closure of the economy at the national level, just as from the republican ranks they were in charge of ensuring from the electoral campaign.

“I am not going to shut down the economy, period. I’m going to shut down the virus. That’s what I’m going to close ”, Biden said, after having held a videoconference meeting with Republican and Democratic governors about the next moves against the pandemic.

“There is no national closure, because each region, each area, each community can be different. Therefore, there is no circumstance that requires a full national shutdown. I think it would be counterproductive ”, has explained in a press conference held later in Wilmington, the state of Delaware.

However, He has well recognized that the situation continues to be difficult, as it has been pointed out, that The United States has already exceeded the barrier of 250,000 deaths from coronavirus.

“The country is still in crisis, a dark winter is still coming”, has predicted Biden, who has also expressed his condolences to the relatives of that “quarter of a million people who died due to COVID-19.”

View of a covid-19 testing site operated by the District of Columbia, in Washington (USA)
View of a covid-19 testing site operated by the District of Columbia, in Washington (USA)

STAYING HOME IN THANKSGIVING

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) They have asked the population this Thursday to discard their traditional family visits for Thanksgiving Day, due to the current situation of the pandemic, which in the last week has left a million more cases throughout the country.

Given the millions of displacements expected for the holiday, which this year is celebrated on November 26, the CDC’s head of COVID-19 incidents, Dr. Henry Walke, has recommended not to travel, but in case of so be it, it has appealed again to the responsibility of citizens.

“We understand that people want to see their family and relatives and do it as they always have. But this year we ask you to limit your travels ”, Walke stressed, who assured that these displacements could end up becoming a “tragedy” if any of these people infect a family member and end up dying.

More than 11.6 million people have contracted the disease in the United StatesAccording to data from Johns Hopkins University, which puts the deaths at almost 252,300, the highest figures in the world.

“HELP IS ON THE WAY”

The chief scientific officer in the fight against the coronavirus in the United States, Anthony Fauci, has asked citizens not to stop following security measures and protocols, while “Help is on the way.”

“We are telling them that help is on the way. If you are fighting a battle and the cavalry is on the way, you don’t stop firing until the cavalry arrives ”, symbolized Fauci during the first coronavirus task force briefing held at the White House since July 8.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House Epidemiologist
Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House Epidemiologist

Fauci has explained that “The vaccines are almost ready”, But the Americans need to “redouble” other prevention measures, and he has insisted on the need to wear masks and avoid mass gatherings, with a view to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

In turn, Fauci has celebrated the results of the vaccines presented by Pfizer and Moderna, which he has described as “extraordinary” and has defended their “solidity”, in the face of those assertions that question their effectiveness due to the short time frames. In its development.

“The speed of the process did not compromise safety at all, nor did it compromise scientific integrity,” he said, after both manufacturers reported in recent days that their vaccines, according to preliminary data, were 95 percent effective.

(With information from Europa Press)

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