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President Biden Postpones COVID Announcement Until Tuesday

Critics have stated that waiting until Tuesday to outline a plan against Omicron is not a proactive move by the President

President Joe Biden’s will delay his address to the nation about the developing surge of COVID-19, specifically the Omicron variant, has been met with criticism for what appears to be a lack of urgency on his behalf. 

The criticism grew following troubling remarks by Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday. She stated that the administration was not prepared for Omicron as cases doubled in the previous 24 hours.

As it stood, late Saturday, all but six states had confirmed cases of the new variant, stoking fears of shutdowns similar to those in the Spring of 2020.

Critics have stated that waiting until Tuesday to outline a plan against Omicron is not a proactive move by the President, who has repeatedly vowed to “shut down the virus.” 

Mark Knoller, a former White House correspondent for CBS, tweeted, ‘If the Pres has something urgent to say about Covid, why wait until Tuesday?’ 

Bob Wachter, Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco, tweeted concerns about the Omicron variant. Wachter relayed the experience from a friend who has had three jabs of the vaccine but tested positive this week after exposure to the variant. 

Erin Sanders, a biologist, and veteran COVID researcher, tweeted to President Biden, “#Omicron doubles in 2 days. Time is everything. @POTUS @ VP, please, we cannot wait. Do not sit in your ivory tower and watch the country burn.” 

Bree Newsome, a North Carolina community leader, tweeted, “Cases will have doubled by the time Biden makes his planned speech on COVID Tuesday. That’s how fast this thing is moving”.

In March 2020, when the pandemic first began, many criticized former President Donald Trump for failing to attack COVID adequately. During the 2020 election cycle, Biden sold himself as a more sensible leader for the pandemic. 

Before his election victory, Biden tweeted, “I’m not going to shut down the country. I’m not going to shut down the economy. I’m going to shut down the virus.”

On July 4, 2021, Biden declared America’s independence from the virus, arguing that vaccines had significantly reduced the threat of COVID. But a mere 30 days later, the Delta variant invaded the nation, resulting in record-breaking surges and a healthcare crisis across the US.   

Omicron now appears to threaten to do that and more. 

The apparent surge, which saw record-breaking new cases nationwide Saturday, leaves many wondering why Biden is waiting until Tuesday to unveil his plan.

White House Press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted that the President’s upcoming plan would build off his “Winter Plan,” which addresses booster shots, lockdowns, and mask mandates.  

The White House also appears to be scrambling to contain the fallout from Vice President Harris’s statement on Friday during an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

Harris seemed to blame scientists for the administration’s failure to be better prepared for Omicron and Delta, as it appears the new strains may send the country spiraling back into large-scale shutdowns.

The Vice President insisted that the virologists who have consulted the administration on the pandemic were blind to the coming surge. 

Administration officials tried to put a more positive spin on the comments by Harris, claiming that she meant that the President and his aides did not foresee the mutations.

As the surge continues to grow, a mirror of the events in Europe, leaders across Europe are taking immediate action to handle the health crisis. The variant has now been confirmed in 89 countries worldwide. 

Experts advised the Netherlands to impose a hard national lockdown before Christmas. The country is expected to close all but essential stores Sunday, resulting in a surge of panicked shopping over the weekend to get ahead of the coming restrictions.

France and Austria have tightened travel restrictions as of Saturday. Paris has canceled its New Year’s Eve fireworks. Denmark closed theaters, concert halls, amusement parks, and museums and Ireland imposed an 8 pm curfew on pubs and bars and put restrictions on the size of public gatherings. Ontario has done the same, reinstating heavy limits on the number of people who may gather indoors and outdoors. 

The number of cases is doubling in 1.5 to 3 days in areas with community transmission, the WHO said on Saturday. The highly transmissible variant appears to evade immune response from vaccination or prior infection.

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article was titled “President Biden Under Criticism for Postponing COVID Announcement Until Tuesday.” Upon further review, the original title indicated an editorial framing that is not ideal for a news report. As a result, the title has been revised accordingly. 

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9 responses to “President Biden Postpones COVID Announcement Until Tuesday”

  1. CivilLib says:

    I was told by AOC that surge is racist language. And it appears several times in the article.

    Good on Timcast news. 😂

  2. prcntm says:

    For all the Virologists out there, I have a genuine question. Since the start of Omicron gaining popularity due to rising cases the fear mongering has been in overdrive. Yet every last story I hear about people with confirmed cases of Omicron always has the caveat that almost all cases have been light to moderate symptoms with only those with complicating factors getting hit hard. From everything I’m hearing, it sounds like the Omicron variant has dialed its lethality back to about average influenza levels. My question: Is Omicron as deadly as the MSM wants me to think it is? I have yet to hear of even one case of death by Omicron that hasn’t involved someone over the age of 70 or someone who has another complicating medical issue.

    Tying that into what is happening in this story: the Biden Administration is intentionally stoking fears. This is fear mongering. I noticed back in September of 2020 that most media outlets stopped using the death count as a primary seller and instead moved to using the new cases count. But before that they spent months explaining the situation to us through a “new cases and deaths” count. The media did a very good job training us to assume when they talk about new cases they automatically meant new deaths as well. Now, when I watch my local news and they start talking about their COIVD-19 tracker and how new daily cases are in the thousands, I deliberately look at their total deaths which has only gone up by by about 3,000 since the beginning of the year. The Biden Administration is doing the same thing. They’re telling us to be really really worried about the new cases, but they’re acting like the new cases are automatically new deaths.

    I’m worried I won’t get to see my family over the holidays due to whatever stupid edicts the Biden Administration pushes out. I also worry about making it out to see them, and then not being able to make it back due to whatever stupid edicts the Biden Administration pushes out.

  3. Devilsgun says:

    Fuck Bumbles and his shit-pants dictatorial fumblefuck senile old chomo bullshit act

    Please, go into the light you piece of fuck, and hopefully it gets a LOT hotter as you get closer to your ‘reward’

  4. Locke-n-Paine says:

    He can wait until 2024 for all I care. There’s nothing useful coming out of that mouth. We adults can look at the data and decide our paths forward just fine without a POTUS address.

  5. mpop says:

    He waiting for maximum damage, dolar to donuts he going to annouce a ban on inter state travel. I will still drive to FL to visit family. Glad I did not buy airline tickets as I am sure he going to put a stop to air travel.

  6. EricClough says:

    Fuck you, you fucking fuck. Just let us get herd immunity already.

  7. wescom says:

    Well, PANDUSA and WOLV256 certainly make very valid and salient points. I’d like to add my two cents. Let’s go Brandon! 😉


  8. pandusa says:

    I have a medical degree and 22 years of clinical experience. What have you got “Big Guy” Biden? America has to acknowledge one of 2 things.They have elected a liar and criminal as POTUS or…maybe they didn’t.

  9. Wolv256 says:

    Here’s a plan… go fuck yourselves. I do not respect or acknowledge your authority, you Commie traitor scumbag piece of shit. I do not care what you say on Tuesday, I’m not listening. You are not a legit President and we do NOT comply. Fuck you. Also, you are a bad father.

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